Although qualification is the announced goal, the true goal is to make every soldier confident enough to save his battle buddy if the time comes.
“I had this course before but I learned a lot of new techniques and now I feel confident in what I know,” said Spc. Orlen Zambrano of B Company, 2-113th Infantry, 50th IBCT.
The certification lasts one year as the Soldiers of the 328th Military Police (MP) Company found out May 4. The 328th had to recertify in CLS because they were first certified in October 2007 and would be in Iraq when their certification expires.
“Medical care on the battlefield is essential during the golden hour, at the time a soldier is first wounded, when the care is most crucial,” said 1st Sgt. Brett Eberlin, of the 328th MP and certified in CLS.
Soldiers of the 328th appreciated the skills learned in the CLS program.
“It’s great for combat operations,” said Spc. James Zoladz of the 328th MP “Why wouldn’t you want everyone to be trained to save lives?”
Soon many of these Soldiers will be bringing more than their weapons to the fight. They will be bringing the skills to save the lives of their battle buddies; skills learned in the Combat Life Saver course.