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Here’s what it takes to be a combat medic for the US military

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California Army National Guard Sgt. Ravalene Butler, a Long Beach, Calif., resident and aviation medical noncommissioned officer of 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, and 1st Lt. Chuck Venable, a Columbus, Ga., resident in the 10th Combat Support Hospital, go through a tactical combat casualty care lane at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 23. The 40th CAB ran a two-day TCCC course for medics stationed at the camp. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ian M. Kummer, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Treating casualties while under fire is about as difficult of a job as anyone in the military could ask for, yet a select few service members volunteer to be combat medics so they can do just that.

The combat medics of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are effective on the battlefield thanks to their intense training and excellent equipment. And thanks to quick clot gauze, improved bandages, and tourniquets, medics are able to save more lives than ever before, as this video from Chris Cappy shows.

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Written and edited by Chris Cappy. Video editing and co-produced by Rebecca Rosen.