Asystole557 wrote:Found out I will be going to 1/75. I graduate SOCM sept 4. Rotations are finished on tuesday. RLTW!
Awesome! The medical section there has consistently been setting the bar high, ever since the days of Chief Donovan. Remember, the scope of practice and privilege you will be enjoying was earned by men who are literally legends in the Special Operations medical community. You may have heard some of their names already; Chief William Donovan, Dr. Russ Kotwal, SFC Perry Black, Cpt. James Paramore, and others too numerous to list. These men didn't ask for perfection, but demanded excellence. If you just keep on your A game, but have one foot well grounded in humility, I have no doubt you will make a name for yourself that will live on well beyond you tenure.
Edited to add: Here is some of what you can expect; longer working hours than just about anybody but the cooks. Unless you are actually deployed, remember the Joes are practicing
their job, but yours does not end. You are on 24/7, and you will get those late night knocks on the door "Doc! Need some help here.." You will have a well stocked selection of medical kit in your room for such emergencies. Your ruck will always be heavier than most, because you will always
have your aid-bag, no matter what. You will not get to rest at all on a road march, because when the Joes are resting you will
troop the line and make sure nobody has any issues with their feet or with water. You will always have a ready supply of lickies and chewies, and will hand them out just before a jump, while everyone is rigged up and resting on the floor. You will have porn available in your ruck, and must also carry bottles of Hot sauce, soy sauce, seasoning (adobo, tony cachere's, etc. ) and have a small heat-tab stove with an extra canteen cup for the coffee and cocoa you will also carry. Some of that MIO water flavoring won't hurt either. If one of your men gets hurt in training, you will accompany them to the ER and stay with them every step of the way until you are relieved, or they are discharged. I could write a book about it..
Just remember, if you cop a "holier than thou attitude" or treat your men like an asshole, you will be ostracized faster than a fag leper at a Mormon summer camp. Conversely, do your job well and you will have men that will literally give you the last MRE or can of 'Cope.. Your men will literally break their backs for you to make sure you are taken care of. It is a special, almost sacred, trust and bond. DO NOT
Excellent work, brother. Now, you get to earn your slot everyday!.