well said, mac-daddy, well said.
but lets not forget the medics who stand with the infantry,train with the infantry,leave the wire with the infantry, and fight like the infantry.
68W(combat medic) is also a great MOS. everything goofymac has said, it could more than definitely be applied for medics.
and im sure goofymac can back me on that one.
not only are we training and fighting hard as an infantryman,cav scout,etc., we are also putting the additional time into medical training not only so we can excel as the best medic(which there is always a constant challenge and competition between medics) this army has seen, but so that we are more than confident that we can and will save a life if our man(or multiple) is down.
whether in garrison or downrange, we are always training as well as taking care of our patients.
my boyfriend is a line medic, he is attached to the cavalry regiment where he is always in field and always training with the scouts. when he is not in field, he is working in his unit aid station; providing medical care,learning from his PA, teaching the scouts CLS,CPR,etc.
also as an NCO, he has the additional duty of taking care of their personal needs, as well as his own. its a lot of responsibility(i dont know HOW he has the mental capacity to take care of me! ;P)
I am also a medic and i work in the ER of an army hospital. i am not on the line,i dont go to the field, and my unit doesnt deploy, but this doesnt mean that i dont know what its like to work hard,freeze my ass off in the snow, or get my boots muddy.
in the ER, my crew and i put in 13(one of those hours being PT)hour days,4 days a week.In the ER we are providing constant care to not only soldiers, but their family members,retirees, and DoD civilians. it is extremely stressful!
most of the patients are extremely rude and demanding, so patience is just as important as discipline. on top of our work shifts we have additional mandatory classes,training,etc.
it is by far much harder than what i had assumed i was getting into, but it is a job that guarantees pride,loyalty, and respect.
(any infantryman will tell you about the respect the medics receive from them)
if youre interested in a combat MOS where you learn a variety of "infantry" skills as well as medical skills,then 68W would be something great to look into.
nothing is more prideful and so motivating than helping someone turn their frown upside down