The Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) is intended to recognize AMEDD Soldiers who demonstrate exceptional competence and outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of critical medical and Soldier skills.
It rewards those who can expertly perform in a simulated combat environment, both soldier common tasks and medical tasks. The EFMB is the non-combat equivalent to the Combat Medical Badge.
To earn the EFMB, a candidate must successfully perform a minimum of 33 of the 42 total tasks in four different categories: Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Warrior Skills, Casualty Evacuation, and Communications. These tasks are distributed in three Combat Testing Lanes, in addition to a day and night land navigation course, a 60 question written exam, and finish with a 12-mile ruck march. It is no wonder that the historical EFMB passing rate is low, averaging around 20% each year. Thousands of candidates attempt the badge each year with events conducted periodically around the world.
We congratulate three WRAIR Soldiers who recently earned the Expert Field Medical Badge in the Northeastern Regional EFMB at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Congratulations CPT Lindsey Nielsen, CPT Sean Marcsisin, and SGT Erik Bigham!
In addition to sending a total of eight candidates, WRAIR Soldiers played an integral leadership role in the preparation, organization, and execution of the Casualty Evacuation Lane, one of the three Combat Testing Lanes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
An extra congratulation is in order for CPT Matt LoPresti, WRAIR research psychologist, who has played a critical role in the successful development of an EFMB training course held at WRAIR twice a year to prepare candidates for upcoming EFMB events. CPT LoPresti has trained dozens of Soldiers from WRAIR and other local units over the last three years. As a result, WRAIR Soldiers who have completed the training course have had a 60% pass rate, with 70% of those earning the badge on the first attempt. Units throughout the MRMC and Northern Regional Medical Command have emulated WRAIR’s program- utilizing the resources and training model CPT LoPresti created.
Job well done to our WRAIR Soldiers! See below for photos from the WRAIR’s EFMB training course. For photos of the EFMB events at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, click here .
Candidates CPT Lindsey Nielsen and CPT Victor Zottig practicing the "Initiate a saline lock and IV" task at the Medical Simulation Center at Forest Glenn in March 2015.
EFMB Cadre CPT Matt LoPresti and SGT Joseph Tutt demonstrating the "Evacuate a casualty using a SKED litter" task at the Gunpowder Military Reservation in February 2015.