Every day we receive numerous emails, DMs and messages with questions about Selection (SFAS), the 18D course and more! We love hearing from our Ready Warriors but it is impossible to respond to every question directly, so we've taken these great questions and now do a weekly FAQ Friday story series on IG and a monthly blog post highlighting the most common questions we were asked during the previous month.
So here are the most common questions we were asked in September about Selection, the 18D course, and more.
FAQ about Selection (SFAS)
Q: How was Robin Sage?
A: We get asked that question a lot, so allow me to describe my first 24 hours during my Robin Sage experience. It will give you a taste of the craziness that is this culmination exercise. Click the following links for our September blog posts related to Robin Sage.
FAQ about the 18D MOS/course
Q: Do people really use dead animals on wounds?
A: Yes. I have seen fresh kills placed on broken arms and dead rats placed on wounded knees. Does it work? No. It does absolutely nothing but make things worse. Traditional medicines can work. Dead animals as medicine are just nonsense.
FAQ about SF
Q: What watch do you recommend for deployment?
A: A $50 or less Timex from Walmart. You can drop hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a "Tacticool" watch but you don't need it. Stick to the basics. Invest the money you save in additional training, upgrading gear/PPE etc.
FAQ about Ready Warrior Guides
Q: I'm not a medic, just want to be more prepared. How can I use the stuff that I learn here in everyday life?
A: Get a med kit and be familiar with how to use the items in it. Take a first aid course. Practice! You don't want the first time you use your kit to be the time that you need it!
Q: What would you suggest I carry on me at all times in case of a medical emergency?
A: Get a quality med kit that has at least the following:
- Tourniquet (SOFTT-W or CAT)
- Chest Seal
- Bandage Roll
- Medical Tape
Know how to use each item in your kit. It is also a good idea to keep a reference guide (such as the First on Scene Guide) with your kit to help you train and to help you in an emergency situation.
Q: My son is going to be entering Army medic training, which guides will help him?
A: Starting off the Medic Quick Reference Guide would be the best choice for 68W training. As he progresses in his career, you may want to get him the Narcotics Reference Guide as 68Ws are now receiving more training in administering narcotics in the field.