FORT KNOX, KY. – Basic Camp (CIET) 6TH Regiment Cadets practiced first-aid at Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) to better prepare for future field operations July 19.
TC3 consists of four lanes that focus on different first aid techniques for wounds and injuries that can happen during combat.
Staff Sgt. Howard Reynolds, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa., instructs the Cadets at the casualty evaluation station for TC3.
“This is the basic training phase for Cadets that are looking to join the Army and eventually commission,” Reynolds said. “We run the first aid portion of training. The Cadets get four hours of instruction on first aid tasks which are level one tasks, and are the same instructions that enlisted privates get.”
The 6th Regiment Cadets are broken up by platoon and placed at different learning elements, such as casualty evaluation, tourniquet application, how to restore breathing after being wounded, and bandage application.
Cdt. Faith Cooper, Christopher Newport University, a native of Springfield, Va., said she was excited to learn hands-on first aid skills to hone in on what she had learned previously.
“I’m looking forward to this training because these are skills we need as future officers in the military force, and as we step out into the field,” Cooper said. “I’m expecting to learn how to apply a tourniquet, I know that was something that was stressed at my school. I’m looking forward to learn how to do it and do it correctly.”
Cdt. Haley Reckard, Kansas State University, said she enjoyed the hands-on learning experience given at TC3.
“It was really cool to pretend that we found someone that needed help and go through all the steps and do the recovery position, which is something we forget sometimes,” Reckard said. “I liked doing the procedures because I really like doing hands-on learning.”
Reynolds stressed the importance of Cadets retaining the instruction and skills from the hands-on learning at TC3 so that they can instruct first aid when they become officers.
“This is really important because we want to lay down solid groundwork so that at a minimum they can conduct basic first aid which is expected for all military personnel,” Reynolds said. “As leaders they need to understand how this works so they can supervise Soldiers and make sure they are doing it correctly.”