UnholyInfidel wrote:I will get that PT award in Basic, and i will kill the EMT tests. well i go to MEPS tomorrow. if RASP is completely full for the next year there might be something my first cousin can do for me, decorated Major in the 75th and all. Shit hes been there since panama..
The EMT testing doesen't mean shit, except to get you through AIT. It has about as much to do with being a Ranger medic as high school drivers ed has to do with racing in NASCAR. You really won't learn your job until you finish SOMC and start applying what you have earned. All in good time, grasshopper, all in good time.
Also, you might want to keep a very tight lid on that info regarding your cousin. Let people find out on their own, or not at all. That is JUST the kind of thing that will earn you unwanted attention, and as Buzz says you don't want to give people a reason to think there was some home cookin' to get your slot. I'm sure your cousin will ensure you get a little bit of extra special PT love at some point.
I know this sounds odd, but if you want to do something that will really help you before you ship out, find a job that will get you used to working under very stressful conditions, like working in the kitchen of the busiest restaurant in your area or slinging boxes for UPS. In over 20 years of being in medicine I can tell you that the best people I have ever worked with have one thing in common; the ability to crisis manage well. That crap on the show "turd watch" or "grey's ball-sack" with people yelling and screaming over a patient doesent really happen. I had to learn (and am still learning) how to do it because it doesn't come naturally to me. A great way to learn it is slinging burgers during a lunch rush.