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    Training for Oahu Army Medics Is Enhanced with Cadavers

    Training for Oahu Army Medics Is Enhanced with Cadavers

    As the sun rose on a recent morning over the 25th Infantry Division's Lightning Academy—the Army's jungle warfare school in Wahiawa—a group of medics was being trained in battlefield first aid.

    A member of the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group out of  Bragg, N.C., who was evaluating the soldiers, told them, “This is medical training, but remember, you are combat medics.”

    As they approached a “patient, ” an explosion rang out and gunshots popped. Once the soldiers secured the area, they began applying first aid, working to stop the bleeding. But unlike usual training exercises, real blood was coming out of the patient—a human cadaver that had been pumped with cow blood and inflicted with real injuries.

    The weeklong training event was overseen by the 325th Brigade Support Battalion of the Oahu-based 25th Infantry Division's 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. It was the second iteration of a program developed by soldiers in Hawaii and first carried out in January 2022.

    “We kind of saw the need for specific training for the medics in the jungle (area of operations),” 1st Lt. James Barr, one of the soldiers who helped create the program, told a  Star-Advertiser reporter who observed the training Jan. 25.

    Combat medicine training in the field with cadavers isn't new for the U.S. , but historically it has been reserved for Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other elite special operations…

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