Hello, my name is Austin, 21, and I am a new EMS student from Virginia. I wanted to know if anybody had any advice or knowledge in the field of tactical medicine or the like? I had originally attended college in hopes of earning my degree in biology and joining the military afterwards. Unfortunately, I was disqualified because I have ulcerative colitis and it really struck me down. In search of a new career path I turned to nursing because I have a passion for caring for people. After one semester I did not see a future for me as a nurse. Although I excelled in clinicals, (I am aware my skills were limited) I felt out of place in that environment. I feel comfortable in a more physical environment, having played college baseball and wanting to join the military (I would've done anything to be a Marine CSO or Air Force PJ). I also enjoy the teamwork atmosphere and hierarchy system that is found in that environment. It wasn't until I heard about tactical medicine that I really felt reinvigorated about future possibilities. I have tried to look into it as much as I can and this is just one more resource I hope to gain knowledge from. I took the first step and I start EMS school next month on my journey to become a paramedic. Does anybody have advice for me on getting into tactical medicine, flight medicine, contract work, etc.? I realize that before I get there I need to focus on being the best EMT/medic that I can be and gain experience before I can take further steps. I am willing to work relentlessly toward my goal, but I will take any help I can get. Thank you.