In 1996, the Naval Special Warfare Command developed a new set of tactically appropriate battlefield trauma care guidelines named TCCC. The TCCC guidelines were adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and approved by the American college of surgeons (ACS) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. The committee on TCCC was established in 2001 and was directed to further develop the TCCC standards and guidelines. The committee on TCCC functions as a working group of the trauma and injury subcommittee of the Defense Health Board (DHB). The full blown TCCC training initiative started in Operation Enduring Freedom and was implemented across all the service branches under the insistence and full support of the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In his words: "I am tired of writing letters to parents informing them of their children dying on the battlefield' The impact was immediate and adopted as the standard for all US forces. Goal: Eliminate preventable loss of life on the battlefield by providing standardized training to improve first responder care at the point of injury. The implementation of TCCC across all services has been identified as one of the contributing factors to the highest combat casualty survival rates in history.
This course trains the student in skills necessary to become an effective medical care provider and Soldier. The student receives training in pre-hospital emergency care, evacuation, deployable medical systems, aircraft and ground evacuation, and casualty triage and processing. The students will learn to integrate tactical and technical skills during rigorous scenario training. TCCC course length is one week and is open to all personnel irrespective of medical training and back ground. TCCC is currently part of each U.S. Commanders essential mission task list for his men prior to entering a combat zone. One cannot pass basic training without this certification or enter into an active area of operations without it.
TCCC certification has been proven time and again to not only increase the survival of the injured but also has a large impact on morale since each personnel can save the life of the other without being a combat medic.
Course Prerequisites: Open to all ranks (enlisted and officer) certified combat medics. Must be able to read and write in native language. All Combat Medics assigned to Ministry of Defense, Medical Services Department will be TCCC certified and have sustainment training for TCCC every 12 months or within 90 days of deployment to a combat zone.