FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 5TH Regiment Cadets practice first-aid at Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) to better prepare for future field operations.
TC3 consists of four lanes that focus on different first aid techniques for wounds and injuries that can happen during combat.
Sgt. Docc Howard, Ft. Lewis, trains Cadets on how to properly apply tourniquets.
“The specific lane that I am teaching at is casualty in combat. We are focusing on bleeding extremities,” Howard said, “Sixty percent of fatalities in combat are due to extremities and arterial bleeding. We want to hone in on Cadets being able to utilize and teach others how to use tourniquets.”
Cdt. Catherine Lynch, Mount St. Mary’s University, native of Boiling Springs Pa., understands the importance of being able to help treat soldiers in the future.
“When we’re in the field or in combat, if someone gets injured we need to know how to help them before they bleed out or die. We’ll be able to help them and give them medical aid as soon as possible,” Lynch said.
Lynch believes that it is important to know the first-aid skills so that it can benefit other soldiers in future combat situations.
“We’re going to have to be able to direct other people to use these skills that we are learning today. We are going to have to also teach other people how to use these skills because we won’t always be around.”
Howard agrees that it is important for Cadets to learn how to instruct other soldiers when they become officers.
“As future leaders, they are going to be the ones implementing training and making sure their soldiers are fully trained before they deploy. We
need to make sure they themselves can implement the training before they teach others,” Howard said.
Howard looks at TC3 as an opportunity to combine classroom education and hands on experience, which will benefit Cadets further.
“What I find is that the Cadets are very well read, they read their manuals like the bible, so they know the education portion of the training, but there is a fine between what they are reading and what they are doing in the field under fire, so we’re trying to bridge that gap.”