The Medic in the Night


  1. Take care of your team first. Your gear second. Yourself third. Horse. Saddle. Rider. In that order. Always.


  1. Team life is fast. Take it one training evolution at a time. Keep exceeding beyond the standards the team has set and improve upon them nightly.


  1. Don’t procrastinate, give your teammates what they need right away or find a way. If they don’t come to you, MAKE THEM. Team Medic is the voice of reason, able to change the heart when the mind resists.


  1. Check in. High mileage operators will go until dirt dry. Dispel the stigma of seeking help, physically and mentally. It’s vitally important.


  1. Follow your senior medic and try to predict his next three steps as you figure out the game.


  1. Help the other medics in your company. Sell the brand. Respect the tribe. Set ego aside. Always have something to contribute—even as the FNG. Seek out the round table. Earn your chair not with words but with your sword.


  1. Remember you’re a medic first. Never sacrifice medical training for cool guy schools. That is what other specialities forget and that is what it takes to be the best combat medic in the DOD arsenal. Raw commitment to battlefield trauma and extended prehospital care are your job. (Many dispute Shooter first, Medic second. Who would you want kneeling over you when you’re walking your last seconds?) Shooter always, but MEDIC first. Always.


  1. Learn every day from the most senior operators in your team. Stand on the shoulders of the elders to see the bloodgrass grown before you.


  1. Perfect your set up constantly. Consistency is key. Know exactly how your kit is laid out. Be able to work both bag and kit while eyes scan the horizon and one hand works the BVM. You can always tell the quality of the medic by how the med bag is set up.


  1. Never get complacent with training. Every chance you have, get into full battle dress. Train with your rifle slung and under nods. Use your own gear and don’t shy from the hassle of having to repack/prep your gear for the next evolution. A man that needs to be driven is not worth driving.


  1. Don’t shortchange your evolutions. Go until completion. Including package of patient and proper turnover. Insist your team train to the SOF medic standard. No one cares about medicine until they find themselves hemorrhaging with difficulty breathing. Do not just go until you get it right, go until you can’t get it wrong.


  1. Be self-sufficient but humble enough to ask for help. In other words, keep your radio off your back and in your own reach. But be able to ask your teammates the current intent, guidance and methods of MCPP.


  1. ABOVE all else, teach them enough about your skill set, so should the time arise, they know how to save YOUR life. Survive the sundown. Win at sunrise.


  1. Know the TMEPs verbatim and know where to deviate. Know everything inside the TTP box and how far away your own ability allows you to step.


  1. Cool guy med gear is fog and mirrors. Sticks and rags work everywhere.


  1. Every single item in your med bag should have multiple uses, you know this, do not forget it when packing in haste. Also, never pack for the ‘what ifs’, your bag will weigh 1,000 lbs. Pack to the mission set. Pack for what you know and put faith in your training.


  1. Seek out all medical planning. Operational and Stateside training. Know the PACE. Plan the dive, dive the plan.


  1. Do not let the admin hide in the corner. Combat medicine is both operations and administration. Prolonged care includes keeping up with your team’s medical records. Force remind yourself that you are never too cool to help the clinic with sick-call. Stay rad, but stay humble.


  1. The balanced warrior is the only way to ride the long haul. It’s impossible to maintain. Know that. However, knowing the pendulum swings to and fro while keeping the ebb and flow at the forefront of your decision-making process is critical to self-sustainability.


  1. Recognize when you need time off and recognize when you’ve been slacking.


  1. Do NOT let the SOF lifestyle consume you. Stick to your foundational values. Trucks with shotgun racks, rocking full sleeve tats, rough dogs barking in the bench seat, chasing deployments and heat nine months out of the year while booze and breezy consume the other three, will only lead to YOU becoming the VILLAIN.


  1. SOF medic will become your identity. That is okay, because that is what it takes. But, do NOT lose sight of who you are as a man. The why should remain ever present.


  1. NEVER make a promise you can’t keep. When the team moms, wives, and girlfriends pull you aside during pre-deployment gatherings and ask of you the most severe promise—reassure them you will do all that can be done, but NEVER make a promise you can’t keep.


  1. When you no longer love it. Get out. Immediately. Time and the house of murphy are working together, against you. Your life and that of your teammates’s lives are at stake. Fold your hand and walk. Then, give back, all you have to give.


  1. Stages of solitude: Youngling (stud status), Padawan (FNG), Knight (couple deployments), Master (four plus Knights in tutelage), Grandmaster (lost count, Masters in tutelage). Each needs the other to survive. Even the salt needs the green, if nothing else, to remember.


  1. WHEN you lose a teammate, be honest, be true in your AAR. Expose your weakness and mistakes so that others can grow from blood. But NEVER forget, you being there and doing all you could, was the best any warrior could ask for. You will do exactly what you’ve been trained to. Give the rest to The God of War.


  1. Medicine is a practice. Combat medicine is an art. Innovate. Predict. Adapt. Evolve. The heartbeat of tomorrow’s warfighters will be decided on your ability to paint with precision.


  1. Medicinal Theory becomes Golden Truths then turn to Law and eventually Foundation, only when practiced, rehearsed, memorized, passed, and taught. No matter how quiet the war drums thrum, forever raise the next generation.


  1. You are the premier battlefield medic on the planet. Show up. Everyday.


  1. MEDIC is amongst the most prestigious of titles. Warrior Medic, mythical. The perfect fusion will remain priority-one. The Tiger in the Lotus forever lurks with The Medic in the Night.


Zero Morphine

ZeroMorphine is an OAF Nation OG. He's currently at 15 years on active duty and spends 70% of his time scared out of his mind. 80’s baby turned GWOT Navy, Z has been around the dirty playground more than a few times. From his beginnings in the Recon/Raider lifestyle, to his continued search of the perfect deployment, he remains true to the counter-culture. Z has penned OAF Nation favorites Pistol Circus and Rock Bottom while also capturing our hearts with Tiger in the Lotus. His dream is to retire, move to the mountains, find peace by a river and continue to inspire critical thought for critical skills.