Combat Medic Specialist Training Program


The Combat Medic Specialist Training Course (CMSTP) trains initial entry Soldiers to provide emergency lifesaving treatment at the point of injury and at echelon level I to resuscitate and stabilize casualties in a combat or training environment. The CMSTP is the largest medical training course in the Department of Defense, training up to 6,300 students per year. There are approximately 30,000 Combat Medic Specialists throughout all components of the Army and is the Army’s second largest military occupational specialty (MOS).

The CMSTP is a three phase,16-week course that trains Soldiers in the foundational skills necessary to become effective combat medic specialists on the battlefield. The first phase of training, or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Phase, is conducted over six weeks. During this phase, students are instructed in the national EMT standard curriculum of emergency medical services (EMS) pre-hospital training which culminates in a rigorous skills and computer-based test. When students pass this testing, they are certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and move on to the “Whiskey” Phase. During the Whiskey Phase students receive extensive training with a special emphasis on individual life saving interventions. They are qualified as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) tier level 3 after completing the advanced TCCC training. Students are also trained in limited primary care, medical care for patients exposed to weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear - CBRN agents), deployable medical systems, aircraft and ground evacuation, and casualty triage and processing. The course culminates with a rigorous Field Training Exercise (FTX) using realistic combat scenarios to validate what the students have learned through practical, real-world applications. This includes a 72- hour continuous combat simulated scenario and an introduction to prolonged field care.

The 16-week course consists of classroom lectures, blended on-line learning, team- building exercises, hands-on demonstrations, and extensive psycho-motor skills testing. Practical exercises and written examinations are used to assess accumulation and retention of knowledge and skills. 

 US Air Force

 US Army
MOS: Combat Medic Specialist
Program Length: 640 hours
Iterations per year: 17

 US Navy

School Code 083

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The Combat Medic Specialist program provides students with formal education and training that develops them into effective soldiers and competent medical care providers. 

 This training program provides enlisted Army personnel with a foundational knowledge of Basic Life Support, Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills, battlefield medicine principles, airway management, patient assessment, limited primary care, medical emergencies, trauma, ambulance operations, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3). 

Students will master theories in pre-hospital care, transporting patients, and anatomy and physiology, with a focus on patient assessment and appropriate interventions in various rescue scenarios, including trauma, extrication, medical emergencies, behavioral and environmental emergencies and special populations such as children and the elderly. Training in basic life support (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and certification will also be provided. 

Training provides the required competencies necessary for each student to effectively treat pre-hospital patients that presents in emergency and non-emergency conditions. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to provide emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, force health protection, triage, combat trauma treatment and evacuation in a variety of operational and clinical environments from the point of injury or illness through the continuum of military health care. 

The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, simulations, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety principles are emphasized throughout the program. 

Special Information:

Students must successfully pass the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) computer-based Cognitive Assessment Test and hands-on validation to complete the course. Students who arrive already EMT-B or higher level certified may be progressed to the Whiskey Phase of the course. Students conduct rigorous and relevant training on twenty-six Warrior Ethos tasks and integrate tactical and technical skills through eight warrior drills as part of the Army-wide Initial Entry Training (IET) sustainment training for warrior skills to ensure survivability in the contemporary operating environment.


Accreditation or Related Information:

Graduates from this course receive recommended college credits from the American Council on Education

Credentialing Information: 

CMSTP graduates earn recommended credit and are certified EMTs and proficient in Tactical Combat Casualty Care principles.

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