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  1. PREREQUISITES: Click Here
  2. COURSE: The goal of the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) course is to train and qualify selected enlisted members to manage trauma patients, manage patients prior to medical evacuation, and provide basic medical care to team members. The course provide training in Basic Life Support/Automatic External Defibrillation (AED); pharmaceutical calculations; anatomy; physiology; pathophysiology; medical terminology; basic physical exam techniques; medical documentation; pharmacology; basic airway management; medical patient assessment; advanced airway management; patient management skills; pre-hospital trauma emergencies and care; tactical combat casualty care skills; operating room procedures; minor surgical skills; NREMT-Basic examination; obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric emergencies; cardiac pharmacology; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); EMT Paramedic clinical rotation and field internship consists of a 2-week hospital rotation in the emergency department, labor and delivery, surgical intensive care, pediatric emergency department, operating room, and a 2-week ambulance rotation with an assignment to an Advanced Life Support EMS unit responsible for responding to a variety of 911 emergency calls; USSOCOM EMT-Paramedic exam; care of the trauma patient in a field environment; preventive medicine; Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) casualty care, and nursing care; 30 hours of clinical rotations in clinics located on Fort Bragg, NC, conducting sick call under the supervision of a physician assistant.
  3. COURSE LENGTH: 26 weeks
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  1. PERSONNEL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically qualified for transfer in accordance with Article 15-30 of the Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED) and Chapter 7.01 of the Enlisted Transfer Manual (TRANSMAN). Members requiring medical attention shall not be transferred to this school.
  2. PREREQUISITE TRAINING: Assignment to a USSOCOM Naval or Marine Corps service component command.
  3. PERSONNEL AND RATINGS ELIGIBLE: Naval Special Warfare Hospital Corpsman, Special Operators, Force Reconnaissance Hospital Corpsman, MARSOC Hospital Corpsman, and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen are eligible upon recommendation and selection from their command.
  4. NEC EARNED: NEC-5392 Special Ops Medic
    1. Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman (SOIDC) 011-F68
    2. Special Operations Forces Medical Sergeants Sustainment Program (SOFMSSP) 300-F21



Special Operations Combat Medic Course (SOCM), takes a student with little to no knowledge of medicine and begins teaching him medical fundamentals. This provides a base on which to build upon as the ensuing modules become increasingly more difficult, with the end product to the combatant commander being a trauma specialist trained in warfare related injuries. The Force Reconnaissance Corpsman receives NEC-8427. Upon completion of SOCM, E-4 and below Corpsmen and medics move on to an operational unit as a Special Operations Combat Medic, while E-5 and above Corpsmen and Medics will go to an operational unit or have the opportunity to attend the Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman course (SOIDC).

Med Fundamentals (7 Weeks)

This is the first section of training. It covers pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, basic physical exam techniques, and medical documentation. During the anatomy and physiology section, our students are privileged to use the cadaver lab located in the schoolhouse facility.

SOCM Trauma Modules (7 Weeks)

This training covers AHA Basic Life Support, advance airway management, patient management skills, pre-hospital trauma emergencies and care, advance trauma tasks/skills, pre-hospital trauma emergencies and care, advanced trauma skills, operating room procedures, and minor surgical skills. Students take the NREMT-Basic examination after completing these subjects. Included in the Trauma Modules is the Advanced Tactical Practitioner phase. This covers obstetrics and pediatric emergencies, cardiac pharmacology, training in combat trauma management, PEPP, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Clinical Internship: (4 Weeks)

The students then go on the -Paramedic clinical rotation and field internship at one of several Level I Trauma Centers on the east coast. This consists of 2 weeks of ambulance, 2 weeks of hospital. The hospital training consists of rotations in the emergency department, labor and delivery, surgical intensive care, pediatric emergency department, and operating room. Ambulance training consists of assignment to an Advanced Life Support EMS unit responsible for responding to a variety of 911 emergency calls.

Military Medicine: (3 Weeks)

The last phase of training is conducting Sick Call procedures. This covers the care of routine walk-in patients under the supervision of a physician or physician’s assistant at one of the many clinics at Fort Liberty (formally Fort.Bragg).

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