JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO (KFTA) — The 2018 U.S. Army Best Medic Competition will be conducted Sept. 16-20, at Joint Base San Antonio (Camp Bullis), Texas.
The event will be hosted by MEDCOM and conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School. It is a two-soldier team competition that physically and intellectually challenges the Army’s best medics in a 72-hour demanding, continuous and realistic simulated operational environment, according to the news release.
There are nearly 34,000 combat medic soldiers in the entire U.S. Army. Of those medics, only 42 soldiers have made it to the finals, according to the U.S. Army Medical Command.
This event is open to all Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard medical soldiers who have earned the Expert Field Medical Badge or the Combat Medical Badge.
Medical Soldiers are assigned to every type of command in the Army’s Active Component, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
The start of the competition will begin with the much-talked-about Army Combat Fitness Test. The Army announced earlier this year they will implement a new fitness test for soldiers beginning in 2020.
During the competition, the Army will be using high fidelity simulator mannequins. These mannequins are not from your grandpa’s Army, according to the U.S. Army Medical Command. There will be blood, emergency response monitoring and a real-time medical treatment required from their medics, while the medics are under combat fire.
At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be hosted on September 20 at 11 a.m. in the Blesse Auditorium, located at 3630 Stanley Road, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to present trophies to the winning team.
The competition is dedicated to the 13th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Medical Command.
Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. was one of the most respected leaders and non-commissioned officers in the history of the command who understood the important role of medics in the Army and the trust soldiers and leaders of units in combat must have in the Army Medical Department, according to the news release.