EMT-B to Army 68W or Navy Corpsman

LadyMilitaryMedic

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Hey, I'm very late to this conversation but I went through the Air Force Medic program in 2014 and we actually training together with the Navy at Fort Sam. So this is what I know from then and talking to the students at work it hasn't changed much.....In these two services we go through a 8 week EMT Basic Course. Air Force has to obtain their NREMT-Basic before moving on but Navy doesn't. They do participate in the Skills test but they have the NREMT skill check off sheet and a Navy check off sheet (fewer boxes from my understanding). If they pass the NREMT skill check then they can sit for the NREMT written exam and become licensed but it's not mandatory for them. Then we go to a 8 wk nursing course that is goes over hospital type stuff like catheters and sterile procedures. Then we split for the last week. Navy does a week rotation of clinicals before they ship off to their first base and Air Force goes into a week course called Air Force Specifics that goes over eye exam, EKGs, paperwork, etc. Then Air Force goes into a 6 wk clinical course before they going off to their first base. Army was also there but they have their own separate course. They told me that they don't accept the NREMT prior and they don't come out licensed. In the Air Force you can't graduate BMT/Tech school with anything higher than a E3 (A1C). OH, but I knew a few people that came in as EMT-B or paramedics before hand and before class started they give them the option to test out before hand as long as they have the NREMT card/certificate in hand. So take it to Basic or have your family bring it to you at graduation. Good Luck!!
 

TeePee91

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If you have your EMT, you can skip the first phase of corpsman A-school.

68W and corpsman are very different. As a corpsman, you have the opportunity to go to C-schools and get your RRT, MLT, X-ray, etc. And you could be working anywhere from a ship, hospital, clinic, or infantry. I went to field medical training battalion and got my 8404 and worked with the marines.

Don't trust a word that a recruiter says to you. Let me know if you want any more info.
Hello and thanks for the info. It's been a year since I posted this, but I was wondering if skipping ahead in a school still stood if I have my EMT-B. How much time would I have remaing in a school?
Thanks,
Tim
 

luke_31

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Hello and thanks for the info. It's been a year since I posted this, but I was wondering if skipping ahead in a school still stood if I have my EMT-B. How much time would I have remaing in a school?
Thanks,
Tim
The difference isn’t that significant from what some of the 68ws who I work with have told me.
 

LadyMilitaryMedic

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For the Air Force and Navy it knocks off about 8 weeks of the 16ish week phase 1 program. That was back in 2014 when I went through. I am still a AD AF paramedic in the ER and I can ask a couple of the newer medics that just graduated or the phase two students. I'm on nights right now so it may be a lil bit before I can get back to you.
 

TeePee91

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For the Air Force and Navy it knocks off about 8 weeks of the 16ish week phase 1 program. That was back in 2014 when I went through. I am still a AD AF paramedic in the ER and I can ask a couple of the newer medics that just graduated or the phase two students. I'm on nights right now so it may be a lil bit before I can get back to you.
Hey thanks for the support and replies, if you could look into the current timeline as discussed that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim
 

Dustoff707

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The Army timeline is this, 8 weeks of an NREMT-B accredited class followed by the NREMT-B written and psychomotor exam. You have to pass the NREMT-B to progress. After that it's 8 weeks of tactical medicine with splashes of clinical medicine here and there but the emphasis is TCCC medicine. One of my old platoon Sergeants is an instructor there now for the second half. Most people that fail fail because they can't pass the NREMT-B exam.
 

TeePee91

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The Army timeline is this, 8 weeks of an NREMT-B accredited class followed by the NREMT-B written and psychomotor exam. You have to pass the NREMT-B to progress. After that it's 8 weeks of tactical medicine with splashes of clinical medicine here and there but the emphasis is TCCC medicine. One of my old platoon Sergeants is an instructor there now for the second half. Most people that fail fail because they can't pass the NREMT-B exam.
Thanks for the input, its greatly appreciated.

-Tim
 
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