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As a Navy line company corpsman it makes me made as hell when the powers that be make dumb decisions, for example issuing MOLLE medical bags to line corpsmen is a huge waist of money($258.00 empty) and can get them killed in combat. Why you may ask? MOLLE bags have huge compartment, they are high speed low drag and all that. Well back in the 80’s and 90’s we always taught our corpsmen to use camouflage and concealment to hide in the environment (STA Platoon taught this as they are experts) but the problem that wasn’t being addressed was that in a fire team, platoon or company size movement the corpsmen, as well as the radioman and Officers were easy to pick out. Not only because of the weapons and gear they carried, but how they interacted with each other. We taught our guys to look at the most junior grunt and mimic them, use regular issue packs, demo bags, or even ammo cans to store medical gear in. Wear field camies that look like the ones that the junior guys are wearing, to disguise your movement to check out how someone is doings by carrying an open MRE and the guy that needs your help opens his MRE to signify he wants you to come over and talk to him. The best compliment a Corpsman can get is when a Marine mistakes a Corpsman for a junior Marine. Because then and only then is he truly hiding in the open.
 

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Great points Doc. The sniper threat has increased over the past 3 years in Iraq. They also like to have two IEDs set up. The second one is designed to take out the first responders, which are the medics most times.

The medics and corpsman prefer to keep their bag in the vehicle, but when they are on ground patrols, they have to wear it as you described.

BTW, the Brits in Basrah refuse to publicly acknowledge that they have a sniper problem. Their reports use the phrase "sharpshooters" instead. Maybe it is for moral. Reports are categorized, and the term SAF is used for all small arms fire attacks against the MNFI. So, when you read the report, it says something like : SAF directed against MNFI forces, one round fired. 1X KIA. The snipers in Basrah get their training from Iran. They also suspect Iranian snipers to be working with them.
 
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