Improving Casualty Evacuation for our next Decisive Action Fight
U.S. Army Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) skills have atrophied. After almost 20 years of overlapping Air Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) rings, many leaders have neglected training the movement from point of injury to the Casualty Collection Point (CCP). Current trends at National Training Center/Fort Irwin have a 49% died of wounds (DoW) rate. While a decisive action (DA) fight will produce more casualties than we have seen in recent wars, this rate is astronomical. This article by then CPT David Draper addresses trends, reviews doctrine, and provides tips to improve CASEVAC in a DA fight.
CASEVAC Techniques that Work:
- The 1SG must supervise the CASEVAC plan.
- Designate CASEVAC vehicles with litters, litter straps, and Combat Life Saver (CLS) equipment and stage them with medics and CLS at the CCP.
- Quickly push or pull casualties to the CCP using dedicated aid and litter teams.
- Use a CASEVAC/MEDEVAC concept sketch to create shared understanding.
How to Prepare Your Unit:
- Conduct CASEVAC training as part of unit training plans.
- Establish company and battalion CASEVAC SOPs.
- Incorporate CASEVAC into all training: PT, gunnery, live-fire, situational training exercise (STX), and field training exercise (FTX).
A 49-percent average DoW rate for urgent and priority patients, as currently observed at NTC, is not acceptable. Invest in training CLS, CASEVAC, and MEDEVAC skills to reduce preventable deaths.
Read the whole article from ARMOR magazine here: https://www.benning.army.mil/armor/eARMOR/content/issues/2017/Fall/4Draper17.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3yaAa0BYd3dEOmcS0NiHtNys3FZ29kOFwxXqghopdmSG4ndx6FvGpdYdI