Medics Test Mental, Physical Endurance


Military and medical knowledge will be the proving ground for about 16 teams of soldiers competing in this year’s Army Best Medic Competition, Sept. 16-20 at Camp Bullis, Texas.

Senior Army medicine leaders say teams will be challenged in ways they haven’t been in previous competitions — and the soldiers had better be ready to not only be physically exhausted at the end of the week, but mentally exhausted as well. This year’s competition will be very different from years past, officials said.

“We’ve made it more realistic,” said Army Master Sgt. Genora Jenkins, senior operations sergeant, G-3/5/7, Army Medical Department Center and School. “This competition will allow soldiers to test their capabilities and test what they may or may not know. It will allow for self-reflection.”

Train the Trainers

That kind of self-reflection and feedback is one of the key elements organizers are looking for to enhance the spirit of the competition, but also to take back to the overall medical force for training.

“All the competitors can come back after going through this competition and they’re exposed to these new challenges,” Jenkins said. “They can learn from this and take the experience back to their commands by sharing their feedback. And that feedback helps everyone across the board, giving them the tools to improve.”

In addition to the fact that the…

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