By: Sergeant Yann Gauthier, Chief Instructor, Medical Training, Joint Task Force − Ukraine
As soon as we arrived in theatre, the mission of the medical team was clear: to work in concert with the American Army medical team to develop the Ukrainian soldiers’ knowledge of tactical medicine.
While the United States and Canada have a similar approach to Combat First Aid, a few factors still needed to be considered. The course content and format were different. Since we had to teach candidates from the same battalion, it was essential to synchronize the learning content and the methods. The medical terminology used also had to be the same. The American Commander of the Medical Line of Effort, Lieutenant Andrey Sidorenko, as well as the Canadians, were aware of and concerned about the challenge of standardizing training, and this is why we made it our priority.
Under the leadership of a Canadian officer from the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine, we coordinated the work so as to provide Ukrainian troops with a similar and optimal product. We reviewed and standardized our basic Combat First Aid instruction plans, as well as those of our more advanced courses, while taking into account the realities that are specific to our respective chains of command.
Since the arrival of Rotation 1, we have completed three 55-day training cycles. Over 650 candidates have completed the training and received a personal medical kit. The level of satisfaction of Ukrainian trainees is…