U.S. Army Europe's Expert Field Medical Badge

Thursday September 13, 2012

What is it?

U.S. Army Europe's Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) Standardization and Testing event provides medical personnel with the opportunity to enhance their medical proficiency and readiness while bridging the gap between U.S. and multinational medical tactics, techniques and procedures. This year's EFMB is hosted by USAREUR's 2nd Cavalry Regiment at Germany's Grafenwoehr Training Area. More than 250 candidates, including 18 multinational participants from Slovenia, United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia and Italy, will take on the EFMB challenge.

To qualify for EFMB testing, multinational participants must meet U.S. Army weapons qualification standards and pass an Army Physical Fitness Test. During EFMB testing, all participants demonstrate their proficiency at tactical combat casualty care and standard and non-standard evacuation operations, as well as take a written test, perform U.S. Army Warrior, communications and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) tasks, perform day and night land navigation, and complete a 12-mile road march.

What has the Army done?

Since more than 90 percent of the coalition forces currently deployed to Afghanistan are provided by America's European allies and partners, planners of USAREUR's 2012 EFMB expanded multinational participation to five nations, up from one nation last year. They also included combat medics from all U.S. services in this year's training. As a result, medical personnel have a chance to earn a coveted and elite skill badge while reinforcing common standards, sharing best practices and improving interoperability and communication among the U.S. and multinational partners that provide critical care side by side on the battlefield.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

USAREUR plans to continue expanding multinational participation in the EFMB and other training opportunities. Conducting joint and multinational training events that bring U.S. services and partner nation forces together for realistic hands-on challenges and shared mentorship helps provide a more ready and agile force for contingency operations around the world. These training and partnership opportunities allow USAREUR to shape the international environment and build enduring partnerships for regional and global security.

Why is this important to the Army?

The USAREUR EFMB provides multinational and U.S. service members with common standards and objectives for treating the sick and wounded and improves communication among the frontline medical professionals fighting together today. As coalition forces gain greater shared understanding, they are more competent and confident in their abilities, and that adds up to lives saved in combat.

Resources:

Log-in required: Army Medical Deparment EFMB portal and publications on AKO
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