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    Has coddling tendencies. KiddSisko's Avatar
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    Ryanf: first responder

    Disclaimer: The following is based on a single comment left by RyanF on his blog. Additional confirmation may be required.

    How many of you would have guessed that Ryanf chose a health care specialist for a job in the military? Specifically a 68W Health Care Specialist. I read it on his blog. Not as an entry, but as a comment when he asked readers to guess his chosen MOS. From what I can tell of the MOS description, there's several levels of training, from 7 weeks to 52 weeks, depending upon the person's aptitude and learning skills. If he does well, passes the training, acquires solid skills, and survives the battlefield, he's basically set himself up for life working as a first responder. Well done Ryan. Cyclist and hero.

    Here's a description of the range of 68W responsibilities:

    Injured or wounded Soldiers need immediate treatment, so when Army physicians aren't available, the Health Care Specialist is authorized to step in to provide basic and emergency medical treatment.

    The Health Care Specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment, limited primary care and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness. Some of your duties as a Health Care Specialist may include:

    Administering emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties
    Assisting with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment
    Interviewing patients and recording their medical histories
    Taking patients' temperature, pulse and blood pressure
    Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
    Keeping health records and clinical files up-to-date
    Giving shots and medicines to patients
    Preparing patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery

    Training
    Helpful Skills
    Advanced Responsibilities
    Related Civilian Jobs
    Related Army Positions
    Civilian Certifications Earned

    Job training for a Health Care Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven to 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in patient care. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

    Patient care techniques
    Emergency medical techniques
    Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
    Plaster-casting techniques

    Helpful attributes include:

    An interest in helping and caring for others
    An ability to communicate effectively
    An ability to work under stressful conditions
    An interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
    Attention to detail

    Advanced level Health Care Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Health Care Specialist, you may be involved in:

    Administering emergency and routine medical treatment to battle and non-battle casualties
    Assisting with outpatient care and treatment
    Supervising field and clinical medical facilities under the supervision of a physician, nurse or physician's assistant

    The skills you learn as a Health Care Specialist will help prepare you for a future with civilian hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a Health Care Specialist background, you may consider a career as an Emergency Medical Technician, medical assistant, a medication aide or physician's assistant.

    With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as a First Responder.

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    Godspeed Ryanf. Your grateful nation prays that while you are coming to the aid of other soldiers, you stay out of harm's way.

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    medik!!

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    Awesome, Ryan. Good luck.
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    That's great - Good luck ryanf.

    Meeediiiiic...That kills me - in every war movie there's always a medic available - there must be one for every wounded guy.
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    Very nice. Good luck!!!!!

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    Best of luck Ryanf. Keep your eyes and ears open, and your butt down so you come back to us.

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    Good luck to you, Ryan. I wish you the best.
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    Just realized I would love to be in the room when Doc Pete reads this.............

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    Wow, what a position. Thanks for your service if you ever see this.
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    During the interview with the Army recruiters, I wonder at what point they began to steer him in the direction of 68W? Probably when Ryan went on a rant about pro touring cyclists and doping. As the conversation continued, they highlighted some of his Operation Puerto commentary, and when the computer analysis was finished, up popped 68W MOS job skills:

    Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
    Keeping health records and clinical files up-to-date
    Giving shots and medicines to patients
    Preparing patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery
    Last edited by KiddSisko; 10-08-08 at 09:18 PM.

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    Heroics and EMT career aside, for a young buck like Ryan there's going to be multiple levels of responsibilites with this job. My guess is the 7 week AIT course will be an extension of the basic first aid one learns while in basic training, plus medical operations in a war zone, from traveling with infantry squads close to the front lines, to working at hospital facilities miles away. The more skilled professionals will need good strong gophers and assistants. Consider it entry level health care. If he shows ability and maturity, he'll move up to the next level of training. Still very impressive and honorable for a young person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
    Consider it entry level health care. If he shows ability and maturity, he'll move up to the next level of training. Still very impressive and honorable for a young person.
    Indeed. The HTFU factor he will be exposed to is inestimable.

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    Best wishes to Ryanf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Indeed. The HTFU factor he will be exposed to is inestimable.
    Calling Dr HTFU, Dr HTFU

    We'll find out about his progress when he's through with basic training before Christmas. Until then he's at Ft Benning, GA being pwned by this guy

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    I'll also wish you luck, ryanf....

    Stay safe and do your job.

    All that said, this thread is actually Foo rather than road cycling, since there isn't really ANY cycling related content that I could let it slide on, so I'll be moving it there, with a redirect, of course.
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    Ryanf is my hero.

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    Good luck brother!

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    Good luck Private Ryanf
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    One of my favorite quotes:

    "A doctor cures people. A medic just makes them more comfortable....before they die."

    Anyways, lots of luck Ryanf. Godspeed.
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    Ryanf....

    Hope you don't HTFU too much, because I really like you how you are right now....

    Good luck, and may your super-guads carry lots of injured to safety.

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    Come back safe RyanF. Thanks for serving.
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    Godspeed Ryanf!

    Thank You

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    The saga of Ryanf is simply awesome! The 180 that this forum has turned is great, it really gives me the warm fuzzies to see all of us supporting him rather than the merciless bashing he got for so long. And, though I've never met the man, and likely never will, I am proud of his commitment and appreciate his service.

    Cheers to you, Ryanf!

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    Thank you for serving your country, RyanF. You are doing perhaps the most important work of all - saving lives, and putting yourself in harm's way to do it.

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