YAVORIV, Ukraine - Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, along with soldiers from Canada and Lithuania, trained future Ukrainian training cadre on medical training April 14, 2016 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center.
The instructor medical training is part of efforts to establish an effective and well-trained instructor cadre for the future rotations of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.
"Proficiency and accuracy with the instructors is vital because they are going to be the subject matter experts for all the battalions that will come here in the future for training. We are really working on accuracy and giving them the time they need to learn the reasons for such things as the tourniquet and chest seal. They're taking the training well and are really motivated," said Sgt. Zachary Graff, headquarters and headquarters company medical platoon sergeant, 3-15 Infantry.
The multi-day training began in a classroom focusing on advanced medical training with daily practical exercises in the evenings. The training then progressed into individual skill assessments where each future instructor received a grade on what they had learned during the week.
"Individual tasks are being graded for accuracy and proficiency which includes everything from a tourniquet to a pressure dressing. All of these individual tasks that they are going through are part of care under fire and tactical combat casualty care," added Graff.
The training culminated with a series of medical situational training exercise lanes where the future instructors were tested on completely evaluating a casualty from the moment of injury to transportation for the next level of care. The training was designed to emulate what the instructors will one day teach to Ukrainian soldiers.
In the following weeks, the instructor medical training will transition to basic skills needed by anyone to be an instructor such as proper briefing techniques, eye contact and maintaining an open dialogue between instructor and student.