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[MUSIC] SURENA: We work with blood pressure cuffs, IFAK, MC4s to relay information. We're equipped to do it all. I'm Staff Sergeant Fabiola Surena, 68 Whiskey Healthcare Specialist. In the Army Reserve, 68 Whiskies are known as "68 Whatever," because we work in different environments. We go from triaging patients to assisting doctors and nurses, primary care clinics to OB/GYN, to the OR. 68 Whiskey is about taking care of people. My grandfather was a general in the Army, and for the short time that I did know him, I admired what he did. And so I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Both my parents are doctors, so I- I grew up with a house where everything was about helping others. As a 68 Whiskey, there's a lot that we do that's not field-related. It's about going out and helping third-world countries and helping those in need after natural disasters. I love my humanitarian work with the Army, because it allows me a chance to just give back to those who don't have. We set up makeshift hospitals and provide care where it's needed. We go to the source; we don't wait for them to come to us. [INAUDIBLE VOICE ON RADIO] The only reward in assisting in humanitarian efforts is being able to see families recovering and putting a smile on their face and letting them know that they have hope. I describe being an Army Reserve Soldier differently because it's not all about picking up a gun and going into battle. It's about so much more. It's about getting a career, getting an education and preparing yourself for the life after the military. The Army is helping me with my master's degree and a doctorate in global health by paying for my education. I'm very proud of my accomplishments in the Army. I'm proud of how much I've learned and how far I got in being a soldier and being able to take that and apply it to my civilian life and passing those skills on to my kids is just, you have to be proud. [MUSIC]

Combat Medic Specialist (68W)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The combat medic specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment at point of wounding on the battlefield, limited primary care, and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.

Job Duties

  • Administer emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties
  • Assist with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment
  • Instruct Soldier's on Combat Lifesaver/First Responder training course
  • Manage Soldier's medical readiness, medical supplies and equipment


Job training for a combat medic specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Patient-care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques
  • Advanced medical care
  • Plaster-casting techniques

Helpful Skills

  • Enjoy helping and caring for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
  • High attention to detail

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 101, General Technical (GT): 107

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a combat medic specialist background, you may consider a career as an emergency medical technician, medical assistant, a medication aide or physician’s assistant.

Soldiers in this MOS must also obtain certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians at the EMT level or higher.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.


  • HCA
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems
  • NorthCrest Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Bell Ambulance, Inc.
  • Prince William Health System
  • Reliant Medical Group
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center