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The action soldier at all levels of a medical operation is the NCO, putting the commander's plan into action and coordinating efforts necessary to ensure mission success. MEDICAL AND LINE NCOs ARE JUST AS CRITICAL. THEIR ACTIONS SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

Helping develop a workable, complete, concise plan is an example of the significant role NCOs must play. Whether or not a unit is successful in combat can to a great extent be determined by the Tactical Standard Operating Procedures (TACSOP) of the organization.

Included in the TACSOP are general procedures such as NBC operations, personal and unit equipment, resupply procedures, and CASEVAC.

Total involvement of the NCO Support Channel is essential during the preparatory as well as the execution phase.

As supply and property manager, the NCO is responsible for accountability and serviceability of all equipment and personnel assigned to the section. The medical NCO must anticipate casualties and ensure needed supplies are requisitioned and on hand. Be proactive!

The medical portion of the OPORD must provide specific instructions for evacuation not otherwise addressed in the TACSOP.

Generally, the majority of casualties don't receive timely treatment.

Fifty percent of casualties die of wounds at the CTCs due to lack of timely CASEVAC or effective triage. Medical NCOs at every level must be involved in the development of the unit's OPORD.

Maneuver units rehearse their drills and tactics prior to participation at a CTC. Likewise, unit medics under NCO supervision must rehearse CASEVAC to standard.

CASEVAC is a team effort. Line NCOs have a tremendous role to play. From point of injury to the division rear, NCOs lead the way. COMBAT, IN THIS CASE CASEVAC, IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT. GET INVOLVED!!

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Section IV: Execution
Section VI: Safety

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