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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Goats for Trauma Training

This movie made me think of a different Cassidy... however being that as it is, the whole trauma training by using goats has reached the point of the absurd.

On average, soldiers at Fort Bragg, NC slaughter 300 goats a month for medical trauma training meant to help save lives in battle. The animals are shot, stabbed, bludgeoned and blown up to simulate the types of injuries soldiers face.

**NOT to be confused with the Goatman and spouse, above.
Back in the day when I served under the flag, we did it at NTTC Det 22 Kansas City, Missouri. One of the SEALs at Team 5 who shall not be identified in another way received the enduring name, "(Gunner's Mate) Goatman**" because he really got into killing (and then repairing) goats. While Goatman may not have had his outboard all the way into the dip tank, the lifelike training afforded by having a live target damaged and in need of repair was very useful. It wasn't 'pretend training'. And you fight the way that you train.

The oh so politically correct 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law this month, requires the Department of Defense to provide Congress with a strategy and detailed timeline by March for the replacement of animals for medical training. I don't know where people who eat steaks and chicken wings think that the 'meat' comes from, or for you vegetarians, where the roots and leaves come from -- but (news flash) they come from living things. Living things die in the millions of tons each year so that other living things can keep on living. 

Goats used for realistic military medical training saved many thousand soldiers lives.

Progressives advocate for the use of various simulators, including "cut suits" that they say are better suited for the trauma training. Some simulators look like humans, they said, and feature lifelike skin, anatomically correct organs, breakable bones and realistic blood flow. Others can be worn by humans while still providing many of the realistic features. (Fayetteville Observer)

BUT - there is a vast difference between a 'simulator' and actual trauma that requires treatment. Sorry doctors, it's a fact. I have no problem with simulators. However, they would be best used in conjunction with real life trauma intervention to provide the skills necessary.

Some military schools moved to simulators long ago, including the Rascon School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell, Ky., the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Navy Trauma Training Center.

The US Marine Corps still uses goats. Or they will until March 2013.


Opus #6 said...

Obama has priorities. The health and safety of the troops is not at the top of the list.

WoFat said...

Leftist dogs would prefer that soldiers practice on each other.

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