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All but one injured Bragg soldiers released from hospital

Posted September 26, 2011

— All but one of the 13 soldiers admitted to Womack Army Medical Center Friday have been released after suffering injuries during a training session, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

In all, 43 soldiers suffered heat-related injuries Friday morning during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, authorities said.

The soldiers were among 56 taking part in a 12-mile "ruck march" at about 6 a.m. to earn their Expert Field Medical Badge. The soldiers, who were from various units, were walking with backpacks, helmets and weapons as if they were in combat.

One soldier still in the hospital was stable and "is doing well," spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said.

The Expert Field Medical Badge qualification involves a series of hands-on tests over two weeks, Thomas said. The tests cover communications, emergency medical treatment, evacuation of the sick and wounded, day and night land navigation courses, CPR and weapons qualification.


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  • Glass Half Full Sep 27, 2011

    Hoping all the injured make a complete recovery. Also wondering how many completed the course. I understand this is a pass/fail scenario with no do-overs and that a certain amount are expected not to make it. I wonder if any finished and received the coveted badge?

  • loprestw Sep 27, 2011

    its not 60 lbs it is 45, it is designed to weed out the weak and did just that. Quit making excuses for weak military personnel.

  • spearhead Sep 26, 2011

    Sixty pounds, is that it?
    When I was at Benning, we carried that much plus a 12 pound M60, a few thousand rounds of ammo, and all the stuff aa grunt needs to live on. This was August in Georgia. The tar was so hot we left bootprints in the tar on the 12 mile road march.
    We were constantly lectured on heat exhaustion, drink water, heat injuries, drink water, change your socks, over and over.

    Then I did the same in Iraq when it was 120 degrees.

    This aint one of those "had to walk to school barefooted in the snow" stories, Just the way it was.

    Our military has gotten way to cushy and soft in the last decade.

  • skinnygranny Sep 26, 2011

    If these so called "expert" medics can't recognize heat stroke/heat exhaustion, do we really want to give them "expert" badges?
    I'm just saying. Every basic infantryman is drilled over and over and over the signs/symptoms of heat stroke/heat exhaustion.
    Maybe they need to go study some more on the basics and then come back and try again.

  • NoObamaCare Sep 26, 2011

    Once again it all falls back on training. Have they Soldiers in the medical field even conducted a 12 mile march previously? I doubt it...and their PT is usually a lot less intense so they can get back to Garrsion and go work in the Air Conditioned Hospitals or clinics. Why don't the men that train for these have fall out ratios like this? It all comes back to both being physically and emotionally fit to accomplish the task at hand! AIRBORNE!!

  • u stand corrected Sep 26, 2011

    The loudest man in the room is the weakest man in the room. ;) Semper Fi

  • dgcreech Sep 26, 2011

    "The tests cover communications, emergency medical treatment, evacuation of the sick and wounded, day and night land navigation courses, CPR and weapons qualification"
    Well if that is what is covered during the testing they were going through when this all happened, I am guessing they mostly failed? Communications ... Emergency Medical Treatment ... CPR?! This just looks like a bad situation and the blame should lie solely on the individual conducting the training or testing.

  • Scubagirl Sep 26, 2011

    I'm still a bit surprised by the number that 'fell out' due to heat. a couple I could understand but MOST who were there I cannot. I know it was humid, I know they were carrying 60+#, I know they were being active but what's the difference between these troops and those who have done this before and not had heat issues. I'm not belittling anyone, just asking a serious question. Hope the one remaining in the hospital recovers quickly and fully.

  • loprestw Sep 26, 2011

    Actually I do, been there done that and in those days we never had a drop rate like they did when it was 72 deg. outside. Weak generation and making excuses for them won't help. Wonder if you had to do anything physical?

  • michaelclay Sep 26, 2011

    loprestw, you have no idea of everything that these people went through. There's a difference in walking 12 miles and performing tasks along that 12 mile walk. I just hope our men in uniform have a very speedy recovery.