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Today's soldier for the first time is getting extensive indoctrination in the basic medical essentials for saving his own life and that of his fellow soldier in mass destruction warfare. More than a year ago the Army Medical Service began establishing standards of proficiency to be reached by nonmedical soldiers that would enable them to assist the injured and save their own lives when faced with overwhelming casualties. Recognizing that recent changes in weapons and the advent of nuclear arms had made necessary an increase in the amount of self-aid and first aid being taught the average soldier, the surgeon general suggested such indoctrination be given by Army Medical Service personnel stationed at each training center. A class of 10 officers and 30 enlisted men, selected to carry out the objective of the new program, took five days of intensive training at the Army Medical Service School,
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1956;162(4):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210160020
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