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  • Infantry or Medic?

    Hey all, thread title pretty much says it all, infantry or medic?

    I'm having a pretty tough time deciding. I'd say I'm probably thinking 60% medic and 40% infantry.

    Medic-- I really want to help people and get the chance to save lives and get great medical training, but at the same time I really don't want to get stuck in a hospital taking temperatures and other mundane tasks.

    Infantry-- Like most children, I grew up watching war movies, and have always have always had that inner desire to be a "warrior" when I grew up.

    Just posting for people's opinions, and to hear feedback from 11B and 68W who maybe had the same dilemma I'm having.

    If your a medic, what's a day in the life like?
    If you're infantry, what's a day in the life like?

    If you were stuck between 11B and 68W, then came across a different great MOS that you're currently in and love, please feel free to share your experience! I scored a 90 on the ASVAB with line scores all above 120 so my MOS options are pretty open.

    Looking forward to what y'all have to say. Thanks!!

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    Re: Infantry or Medic?

    well I'm neither of these MOS'. Even as infantry or any other mos, you will still learn some medical training called CLS, Combat Life Saver. When you get CLS quailfied you provide aid until a medic can arrive. It's not nearly as extensive as 68w. If you go 68w doesn't mean you will be in a hospital setting. Our medic in my platoon does everything with us and been deployed. He says he has never been to any kind of hospital exceot to get supplies or escort wounded. They're both great MOS's that should provide quite an adventure. either way your're going to quench that desire to be a "warrior" because regardless of your MOS your a soldier. A warrior for your country.

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    • #3
      Re: Infantry or Medic?

      Either way you win. If I had to choose I'd go with 11C, because that's the closest to BOOOOOOOOM artillery. jk, really, this is a tough decision.

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      • #4
        Re: Infantry or Medic?

        As mentioned, you can go 11B and volunteer to go to a Combat LifeSaver course. In my own experience, I've seen medics do anything from sit in a tent, to sit on a truck at a range to sometimes integrating with infantry.
        Last edited by SteveLord; November 30th, 2010, 10:14 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: Infantry or Medic?

          Originally posted by SteveLord View Post
          As mentioned, you can go 11B and volunteer to go to a Combat LifeSaver course. In my own experience, I've seen medics do anything from sit in a tent, to sit on a truck at a range to sometimes integrating with infantry.
          Don't new trainees get CLS certified at basic now? I thought they were saying that's what was going to happen..

          Also, in my state before we deploy they send as many of the infantry guys to CLS as possible, so they can have that going for them to help their buddy out if needed.

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          • #6
            Re: Infantry or Medic?

            If you go medic, your role will depend on the type of unit you get into. My unit is a state med command and everything we do is medical related. Other units use our medics to teach CLS and we also have prime opportunities for long term ADSW orders with the regional training institute (RTI). I love the medic side, but I think my unit has a lot to do with why I enjoy it so much.

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            • #7
              Re: Infantry or Medic?

              I have a buddy who was having the same dilemma. it ended up he went combat medic and did airborne with the 101st. ended up in afghanistan and says he gets the best of both worlds. and on the plus side, when you get out you'll have a good start in medical training -- and jobs in the medical field will ALWAYS be needed. but there's always that chance you could end up being bored to **** and back.

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              • #8
                Re: Infantry or Medic?

                Do Both, 18D, you can take this as being funny or serious.

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                • #9
                  Re: Infantry or Medic?

                  Originally posted by EOrsini View Post
                  Don't new trainees get CLS certified at basic now? I thought they were saying that's what was going to happen..

                  Also, in my state before we deploy they send as many of the infantry guys to CLS as possible, so they can have that going for them to help their buddy out if needed.
                  Yup, I remember when Jersey was starting the push for that.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Infantry or Medic?

                    Originally posted by EOrsini View Post
                    Don't new trainees get CLS certified at basic now? I thought they were saying that's what was going to happen..

                    Also, in my state before we deploy they send as many of the infantry guys to CLS as possible, so they can have that going for them to help their buddy out if needed.
                    We were certified in BCT. I do know that they don't do saline locks and IVs anymore.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Infantry or Medic?

                      Originally posted by Phantom View Post
                      Do Both, 18D, you can take this as being funny or serious.
                      Taken serious - if you are starting out you can follow the path Phantom eludes to, or even consider going either 11B or 68W in a LRS unit - then take the Phantom route. Both of these MOS's have thier ups and downs, sitting around, hard-corp training, etc - if you go 11B (speaking LRS) you will get CLS, and also can pursue opportunities (mostly on your own, supported by educational funding depending on the current situation) and get certified as a paramedic (yes, this is a strong recommendation for LRS Team members). You can also look at a short reclass school down the road if you go medic first...

                      A lot depends on your enlistment contract, bonuses, etc that may lock you into an MOS for a certain period (discuss this with a recruiter).

                      Either way shoot for Airborne qual if you can, and be advised your chances of the more "Hooah" schools will be available in a combat arms unit assignment (again depending on state/ command/unit/etc...)

                      Good Luck!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Infantry or Medic?

                        Well, as we are told all of our secondary MOS's are Infantry, I'd go with Medic.

                        It's way more marketable in the civilian world and you get a heck of a lot more training that can be college credit hours. Some in the medic field come out with nearly an Associates Degree.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Infantry or Medic?

                          As a medic, my advice would be medic. Like other posters have said, it all depends on the unit you get assigned to. If you get assigned to a combat arms unit you will get the best of both worlds, if you get assigned to a medical command or large medical unit you will probably not be as active. The cool thing about being a medic is almost every unit has them. If you ever get bored you can switch jobs without switching your MOS, go from infantry to MP to artillery, to engineers, etc.......its endless.

                          Before you **** yourself over this decision though, make sure you have the line scores on your ASVAB to get the 68w job!

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