Medical experts prep EFMB test

| November 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Jason Bullock (left), optician, TAMC, preps an IV in a mannequin during EFMB lane validation rehearsal, Oct. 22.

Staff Sgt. Jason Bullock (left), optician, TAMC, preps an IV in a mannequin during EFMB lane validation rehearsal, Oct. 22.

Story and photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Command (DS) Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Medical Soldiers from throughout the Pacific theater are getting ready for an intense five-day evaluation to test their knowledge during U.S. Army-Pacific’s Expert Field Medical Badge testing, Nov. 3-8.

After months of preparation and coordination, with 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) taking the lead, three combat tactical testing lanes are set up.

Evaluators are trained with one standard of testing, and a U.S. Army Medical Department team validated the lanes for clearance to receive candidates this week.

In preparation for validation by AMEDD, the team of 15 evaluators and a five-member test board panel walked the 12-mile road march course during pre-rehearsals, and they evaluated the grading of Staff Sgt. Jason Bullock, optician, Tripler Army Medical Center and evaluator, as he tackled combat tactical lane one.

“This was an opportunity to see how the lane is going to go, how the sequence of events will happen,” said Lt. Col. Jacob Dlugosz, chief G3, 18th MEDCOM (DS) and test board chairperson. “Our focus is seeing how the graders evaluated the tasks to make sure there was consistency between both evaluators and to make sure they gave the appropriate go’s and no go’s on the task that the test candidate did or failed to do.”

Bullock, who has earned the badge, commented about a couple of differences: the addition of Tactical Combat Care, known as TC3, and units providing great support to train-up their troops prior to sending them out to validation week.

“TC3 has 147 critical tasks, and the train-up before sending the troops out has contributed to a higher passing rate, which — with promotion points and the prestige of having the badge — makes the two weeks well worth it to the Soldiers,” said Bullock.

When it comes to standardization, the evaluators must all pass Soldiers with the same standard, explained Bullock.

“We have to teach the same standard so we can grade to the same standard,” said Bullock. “We don’t want one cadre member looking for something and another one isn’t.”

EFMB Road March

A road march is scheduled to take place 5-8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, on Wheeler Army Airfield. Routes include Santos Dumont Avenue, Bunker Place, CW2 Latchum Road, Denny Road and Airdrome Road.

Motorists should expect traffic delays to yield to Soldiers and to observe the 10 mph PT speed limit.

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