Cadets face scenarios in first-
by DeJanay Booth
Reenactments and role-play often serve as training resides at ROTC Cadet Summer Training from June 24 to June 27. Cadets in third and fourth LDAC regiments were introduced to basic first aid in a tactical demonstration.
A squad of soldiers travelled . Shots were fired and two the soldiers were hit. One soldier immediately performed aid to his wound.
Suddenly, silence rang in the air and the soldiers moved closer. One soldier spotted one of the enemies moving behind a tree and opened fire. However, they did not initially see the other one and he wounded one of the soldiers while his mates engaged the enemy. The other casualty needed more care.
“Cadets, what you have witnessed in today’s demonstration is a squad reacting to contact,” the narrator announced. “While reacting to contact, the squad took two casualties. The two casualties immediately reacted by seeking cover and performing self aid.”
“After consolidation and organization, the squad leader realized he had a casualty that needed to be medevaced immediately. Using the medevac request, he moved the squad to the nearest landing area. All of these basic life-saving techniques you will learn and be tested on today.”
1st Lt. Broc Barnes, officer in charge of the first aid training, said because LDAC Cadets will become officers and future leaders, it is more important for them to know the basics.
“The first 15 minutes of assessing a casualty will determine whether or not you can save somebody’s life,” Barnes said. “If your subordinates aren’t as confident as you are with the capabilities of assessing injuries, you’ll step in and take charge of the situation. You’re going to be the one expected to teach them those basic training.”
The Cadets went through five stations and were tested at the end of the day. Cadets were paired up and performed the proper steps of caring for a casualty
“[It’s] probably the most important thing that you’ll learn in your military career outside of your job,” Barnes said. “It benefits everybody around you.”
Cadet Luke Kuiper, a senior at University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., said he felt the training helped understand the importance of casualty evaluations.
“You have to be slow at it. You don’t rush through it.”
Cadet Brittany Peccia, a senior at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Ariz., said: “[The training] was taught thoroughly here. I know it helps with a lot of things.”
The demonstration and training was conducted by soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas, and a Reserve unit in Indiana.