WRAIR scientists are the leading researchers in resilience and performance enhancement in military health. Using skills from Deployment Cycle Resilience Training (formerly Battlemind),
and Resilience Training for Basic Combat Training, WRAIR's Research Transition Office is working with the Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) on a
new module to prepare all Soldiers, not just medics, for immediate combat casualty care.
It is reported that 80
percent of the initial treatment in combat situations is done by the wounded warrior himself/herself, or the Soldier next to him/her, rather than the medic.
To improve the immediate care for Soldiers at the point of injury, a three-day training module has been developed. The training includes in-classroom presentations, virtual reality to test their skills, as well as live-action
simulated scenarios for trainees to execute their skills in a controlled and realistic environment. By creating realistic scenarios, the goal is to better prepare Soldiers for real, combat scenarios.
As WRAIR subject matter experts prepared the in-classroom presentations, they alsogave feedback on which learning metrics should be used throughout the three-day training. As this process goes forward,
two WRAIR master trainers (both retired Soldiers) will see this program in action in order to evolve the training and its evaluation. These trainers will lead, observe and provide feedback to the Soldiers and reviewers completing the training module.
The team looks forward to continuing to support Soldier and squad resilience as well as performance enhancement in the upcoming fall training.
Photo: Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/Army
A soldier calls for a medevac for a simulated injury during an exercise. This fall, Army and Marine squards will take part in a joint effort to improve tactical combat casualty care, part of an effort to give troops a better change of
surviving until they get to the next level of care.