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    can any of you combat medics help me out with a few questions?
    as i understand when your at AIT you earn your EMT-B cert, is there any follow up schools? i read something about M-6 school, an extra year of schooling where you earn your EMT-I cert, is that something i get in my contract?
    is there any schools where you could earn your EMT-P cert? or is that something i have to do in the cilivian sector?
    and does getting certs move you up in rank?

  • #2
    I always thought M-6 was to get your nursing certification

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    • #3
      from what i read M-6 school is to get your EMT-I cert at Brooke Army Medical Center. :confused:

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      • #4
        well a 68wM6 is a licensed practical nurse, not sure if they get a emt cert during the crouse

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        • #5
          Additional medical skill identifiers

          M2 CYTOLOGY SPECIALIST
          M3 DIALYSIS SPECIALTY
          M4 BLOOD DONOR CENTER OPERATIONS
          M5 NUCLEAR MEDICINE SPECIALIST
          M6 LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
          M7 INTERMEDIATE (INTER) ANALYSIS
          M8 DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING


          Look at the AMEDD website and use google and you can find additional info for 68W...

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          • #6
            alright so i take it that what i read was wrong (thanks google).
            let me re-word that question how do you go about getting your EMT-I or EMT-P certs thru the army because im lost right about now. :confused:
            my plan was to join the guard as a 68w & get my EMT-B cert then see what else the army has to offer. i obviously know you could go to paramedic school in the civilian world.
            the reason im so concerened about certs is because later on in life i plan to become a firefighter, an EMT-P cert isn't required but it helps alot.
            and i want to apoligize to people if im confuseing you on behalf of me not knowing what im talking about, thats why i came here to get corrected & pointed in the right direction.
            so by all means chime in, every little bit of information helps.

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            • #7
              Well I'm not sure if as a medic you automatically get the training and certification.

              But, when I was Active Duty, on base we had civilians come and teach EMT classes, and our unit would send anyone that was interested to the course and pay for it.

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              • #8
                If your MOS is 68W you will get your EMT basic, providing you pass. Anything above and beyond that you can get on your own when you get back from AIT. Good luck with your future. Also, if you are in a smaller town, most fire stations that have EMT's will provide training in return for you working for them. Now to have a future as an EMT, it is almost not worth it unless you are in a larger town and can do it full time. Where I live in SW WI, the average EMT pay is 8-10 bucks an hour and you only work on call...

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                • #9
                  68w

                  Ok, so i recently enlisted in the TX ARNG and wanted more than anything to be a 31B (MP). But, as I'm sure all of you know, things don't always go the way we plan and being a 31B didn't happen for me. It was weird though, as I was sitting at the ARNG office at MEPS being told what slots were open for me, I really had a revelation. As the MOSs available to me were read off, I felt a strange sense of freedom, a freedom that I hadn't felt before. When I chose my MOS I felt like for the first time in my life, I was actually in control of where I went and what I did with my life. It was my decision, not my parent's. Nobody told me what I should have done, nobody stood there with me and pointed the way. It felt awesome! :D

                  Anyway, I chose 68W (Combat Medic) and I really felt good about it. Sure I was a little disappointed that I didn't get the MOS I wanted, but that only lasted about ten minutes when I started thinking of where I would go. And the sudden change in direction really made me think that the big guy upstairs had something else planned for me, everything happens for a reason you know. So about 68W, what is the training like? How long does it usually last? And what are the responsibilities you incur?

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                  • #10
                    Well, you'll be back in Texas for AIT.

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                    • #11
                      I work with some outstanding 68Ws! Congrats! You'll love it!

                      Yep, you'll be at FT Sam Houston for AIT. I'll be there quite a bit next year...

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                      • #12
                        Hey, 68w is great. No shame in that, I appreciate the training and dedication that goes into it and out of it. You are needed and appreciated. Dont be ashamed of it, be honored to be one. Training can be tough, but never stop learning after you are done. There will always be schools and classes to attend and teach. Take your knowledge and use it and share it. What you do could save someone life or what you teach others could save you. Always learn and grow in your job. Its a great mission, Thank you.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, I'm really looking forward to AIT and getting EMT certified, but first things first.....BCT.

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                          • #14
                            So im here in florida and I completely understand about not getting the MOS you want....I REALLY(and when I mean really I really mean REALLY) wanted 68w but the only thing that was open was some medical battalin that for some reason or another if I chose that unit I wouldn't get my 20,000 sign on bonus..something about it being non deployable.
                            So now I am really really bummed about not getting the MOS and now I feel like im stuck with 68J because atleast its in the medical field...any suggestions
                            Last edited by Nicsok123; December 8th, 2008, 12:48 PM.

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                            • #15
                              [QUOTE=Nicsok123]So im here in florida and I completely understand about not getting the MOS you want....I REALLY(and when I mean really I really mean REALLY) wanted 68w but the only thing that was open was some medical battalin that for some reason or another if I chose that unit I wouldn't get my 20,000 sign on bonus..something about it being non deployable.
                              So now I am really really bummed about not getting the MOS and now I feel like im stuck with 68J because atleast its in the medical field...any suggestions[/QUOTE]

                              I guess the only thing I can tell you is to keep your head up and make the best of it. Even though you're not doing what you wanted, you're still playing a vital part in the Army.

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