Weekend Training event AAR

Had an amazing training event this weekend with an excellent group of strong Christian men. Just wanted to throw up a simple personal AAR to help you learn from my mistakes.

First off, I over-packed like a mother fucker. I was trying to take a bunch of medical shit out that I probably didn’t need. (Wait, I thought you needed a full level one trauma center of equipment otherwise, why worry about medical?!) This ties in further to my needing to rework my kit.

The UW Gear chest rig is definitely a solid option for sure. But for my AO a belt kit is definitely a good add-on. I can run a smaller 4 mag chest rig (probably a swamp fox mini chest rig) with my radio and a small bleeder kit) and run a belt kit with an additional 4 mags plus full IFAK, and sustainment gear in a buttpack. This will pair nicely with a medium alice with more long-term sustainment and my medic pack insert. This will allow me to ditch the alice if needed and still have water and enough stuff for an overnight mission if a FRAGO happens during a mission.

I was trying to think like light infantry instead of like a guerilla. We can’t let our previous experiences with full support (like temperature-controlled ERs with fluorescent lights) cloud our judgment of what we will have to do in a partisan environment. If you haven’t spent time in the field, I can expect you do not understand how different it can be. But that’s what training is for, isn’t it? But oh well, some just post on the internet because they like to hear themselves talk and are convinced of their own self-importance. Maybe that’s why they don’t ever train, they’ve “been there” and “done that” and don’t want to be humbled or check their ego at the door.

For those of you that do train, I hope you can learn from my mistakes and save yourself the headache. We are here to lift each other up through information. What is the biggest takeaway you have from your own personal failures?

The role and responsibilities of a partisan medic

We’ve been having discussions about individual medical capabilities and the role of a partisan lifesaver. Where does the medic fit into all of this? What training should you try to get if that is the role you’ve been placed into?

Army Doctrine says the combat medic’s main job is to treat casualties and assist in the evacuation of casualties if required. The other responsibilities are to

  • Train members of the platoon to be combat lifesavers
  • Work with the Platoon Sergeant to formulate a medical plan for each mission
  • Stays connected with Medical Platoon leadership
  • Advised the Platoon Leader on any health issues within the platoon
  • Ensures platoon has the required medical supplies needed for every mission

Now how does this apply to a partisan environment? Well, it just takes a little molding for our purposes.

  • Treat sick and wounded members and interact with the guerilla hospital for higher-level care decisions
  • Train members of the group on basic skills and identify members for PLS training
  • Work with group leaders to develop a medical plan
  • Stay connected with guerilla hospital and any available higher medical care
  • Advise group leaders of any health issues within the group
  • Ensure the group has necessary medical supplies for not only daily life but potential combat operations

See how this is mostly the same just worded differently? Our end goals are the same whether you are a line medic or you’re a guerilla medic. The main thing that changes are our population size, and our common injuries. Military medics plan and train for combat-related injuries along with field injuries. In a partisan setting, we are going to have to handle A LOT more than just military-age males getting hurt either in combat, or preparing for it.

You are going to have to deal with children and all the injuries they sustain, elderly people, and people having more kids. Have you given any of this a thought? A guerilla hospital is more than just a backroom with a cot. I’ll definitely be talking more about this topic, but I figured it had to start somewhere.

If you’re coming into this being designated as your group medical person, what training do you have currently? I’ve been asked a few times what training someone should get if they are their group’s medic. If you are an EMT or Paramedic I really recommend attending a wilderness first responder course. It has a heavy focus on austere environments that I think apply perfectly to a partisan environment. A college-level anatomy and physiology class would also be extremely beneficial in helping to understand the human body.

Education is a never-ending pursuit and medical education is no different. There are plenty of good medical podcasts out there, plus different reference books. It would probably benefit you to volunteer at a local ems agency or with your local search and rescue. Both are great ways to keep your skills up.

The main role of a medic has always been and always will be to support combat arms. For a partisan environment, this is no different but we also have the added responsibility of group medical care for a patient subset that is VERY different from what a normal military medic sees.

Guerrilla Hospital Trauma Sheet

Once I get this thing finalized I’ll do a full write up on it, but I just wanted to show you what I’m working on when I’m not teaching classes and mailing out kits.

North American Rescue Medical Trauma Sheet.

This is stocked for trauma specifically. I wish I had gotten a second one when these were on clearance on NAR. Oh well. You can certainly hack this with a closet door shoe organizer but it won’t be as easily movable.

I’ve got a few more things to add to this, and the storage bin this was in will be used in conjunction to make a one-bed guerilla hospital/clinic. If you wanted to add beds I would just double up on the bins and save the sheet for your “trauma bay”. The bin will be more medical than trauma-focused. This is including common OTCs that I like to keep on hand.

Have you thought about how you would set up a Guerilla Hospital?

Patreon is now live

I’ve added a new method for class to my repertoire. I have a Patreon account now. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=11731271

There are two tiers available. The first one (Aid & Litter Team) will have access to videos that I will be posting up on a variety of medical preparedness topics.

The second tier (Patreon Life Saver) will have access to a twice-weekly 1-2 hour long medical live stream class with a Q&A period at the end of the live stream. The live streams will not be recorded, so if you miss out, you miss out. I’ll be posting the class schedule over on the Patreon Account.

There will be tier-specific stickers to show your support included.

This new venture should be a great way for us to get together and learn some really important skills in a new way. The first live stream should be happening next week, I’m thinking Wednesdays, this way they don’t interfere with any of the Green Dragon Academy courses or the Sons Of Liberty podcast. I hope to see you out there.

A new year and a look back on the last

2021 has definitely been a very interesting year for a lot of us, myself included. It marks the beginning of this being my full-time job and not just a hobby. I traveled across the country and met great Americans from vast backgrounds. I want to thank each and every one of you that either attended a class or purchased an IFAK off the store. I do this for you. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.” I do this to train the doer of deeds, not the critic that hides in the comments section.

This new year is going to be full of new and exciting things from Stuck Pig Medical. After the bleeder pouch kit is up and running (should be this month) more kits will be coming. Your interest in classes outside of NC is high and I am excited to travel all over this country to train doers of deeds.

None of this would be possible without your support and I thank you for it. This has allowed me to provide for my family in a way I never thought would be possible. I can not thank you enough.

God Bless you all.