Combat Medic Specialist Training Program


The Combat Medic Specialist Training Program (CMSTP) is the largest medical training program in the U.S. Army, training up to 6,000 students per year. It is the second largest military occupational specialty (MOS) in the Army second only to the Infantry.

The CMSTP is designed with team-paced instruction. This 16-week program trains the 68W Combat Medic Specialist in foundational skills necessary to become an effective Combat Medic Specialist on the battlefield. The student begins training as an Emergency Medical Technician to include Basic Life Support (BLS), emergency medical care and evacuation, minor acute care, inpatient and outpatient care, and basic force health protection. The student then receives extensive Field Craft training with special emphasis on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) during the “Whiskey Phase” of the course. Students are trained in limited primary care, medical care for patients exposed to weapons of mass destruction, (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear - CBRN), deployable medical systems, aircraft and ground evacuation, and casualty triage and processing. The program culminates with a rigorous Field Training Exercise (FTX) using realistic combat scenarios to validate what the students have learned through practical, real-world applications.

The 16 week program consists of classroom lectures, blended on-line learning, team-building exercises, hands-on demonstrations and extensive psychomotor 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 are certified as Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and can only successfully complete the course once they pass the NREMT computer based Cognitive Assessment Test and hands on validation. 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.


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Credentialing Information: 

Graduates are certified to the national standards of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and proficient in Tactical Combat Casualty Care principles. 

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