During this 8 week course, you will receive a mix of classroom and field training. Emphasis is placed on learning field medicine by using the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). Topics include Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, Tactical Evacuation of combat casualties and the establishment and functions of the unit aid station. Students will also learn the necessary skills to operate and survive in a combat environment. This includes field sanitation, preventive medicine, CBRN defense medical requirements, communications and security. Students will also be familiarized with USMC history and organization. Additionally, training will include general military subjects, individual and small unit tactics, military drills, physical training/conditioning and weapons familiarization with the opportunity to fire the M16/M4 service rifle. Completion of FMST results in the student receiving Navy Enlisted Classification HM-L03A.
Field Medical Training Battalion
PO Box 555243
Camp Pendleton CA 92055
During Working Hours 760-725-2559
After Working Hours 760-213-1897
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Proper civilian attire must be worn when you are authorized liberty. Proper civilian attire is defined as clothing that does not bring discredit upon yourself or the military. Clothing that is frayed or in disrepair is not authorized. Also, if your pants or shorts have belt loops, you are expected to wear a belt. PT gear will not be worn as civilian attire. Remember, there are plenty of Marines and Sailors out there ready to correct inappropriate attire. You represent the Navy, in and out of uniform, so take pride in your personal bearing and appearance.
Complete Navy issued sea bag
Last Evaluation (Transfer)
Flight information for follow on orders if OCONUS
Lease agreement (for members living out in town)
Good pair of running shoes with white socks (no basketball shoes)
Flashlight with red lens
Pen and highlighter
4 sets of boot bands
2 combination locks
1 mesh laundry bag
Sufficient amount of toiletry items to provide for your personal comfort during the training period
1 set of dog tags (red tags for allergies)
Necessary individual medical equipment and medication (EPI pen, inhalers, etc.,)
Wrist watch (smart watches are not authorized throughout the training day)
Navy PT sweats (top and bottom)
The first day of class you will wear the Navy Service Uniform and the Navy PTU for the BCA (you must have a current PHA before checking in), please ensure these items are ready to go. The remainder of the first week you will wear the NWU's. You will be issued the following items the first week of class:
1 belt reflective
2 insignia, service uniform collar
1 pair of Infantry Combat boots
1 pair of hot weather boots
2 Utility Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)
2 Booney Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)
4 Combat Utility Blouses (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)
4 Combat Utility Trousers (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)
6 pairs of cushion sole socks
4 sets name tapes (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)
6 green undershirts (3 cotton and 3 synthetic)
1 USMC Sweater
1 pair of green shorts
1 Marine Corps sweat suit (top and bottom)
1 web belt
1 belt buckle
All students must have a Periodical Health Assessment (PHA) conducted prior to leaving their current command. Students are also required to be within BCA standards and pass the Navy PRT using the run cardio model; no alternative cardio option is authorized. Body Composition Assessments (BCAs) will be conducted the first day of the course and students outside of the age adjusted body fat percentage will be recommended for administrative paperwork and recycled or disenrolled from the course.
As with any Marine Corps command, physical training is a large and very important part of Fleet Marine Force (FMF) training and education. This course is physically demanding and preparation prior to reporting is extremely essential. A daily routine of running two to four miles, sit-ups, and push-ups should be adequate to prepare you. Over the eight week course, FMST students will hike over 25 miles with full combat load, conduct a Navy PFA, the Marine Corps PFT, Marine Corps CFT, group PT, Company and Platoon runs.
Download Here: FMTB-West Pre-Arrival Benchmarks
Upon receiving orders to attend Field Medical Training Battalion West, you should begin working out on your own and training to best prepare yourself for the physical training standards you are expected to meet. FMTB – West conducts multiple rigorous physical training sessions, a Navy Physical Readiness Test, a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, Combat Fitness Test, and 3 tested Hikes with 65 lbs.
First and foremost, the Navy Physical Health Assessment (PHA) is a requirement to take this course and needs to be completed if it is expired or will be expired during the duration of the course.
To complete head to the following link: https://data.nmcphc.med.navy.mil/pha
As Corpsman serving with the Fleet Marine Force, there will be Marines who’s lives you will be responsible for. Physical Fitness and preparedness is just as important as your level of medical competency. You will be trained and prepared for both.
The following Benchmarks are meant to serve as minimum standards for success at FMTB-West. However, you should never strive for the minimum.
1.5 mile RUN:
*(or age equivalent of Good Medium)
3 Mile run
Check this link to find your age equivalent score for passing
These are MINIMUM scores for ages 17-25, you should aim for significantly better scores.
880m run in Boots and Utilities (not steel toe)
Female: 4:36 – 4:41
Ammo can lift - consists of 30 lb
Movement Under fire
You will be expected to pass an 8 mile hike in uniform and combat load
Prior to reporting you should be able to hike with a 45lb pack in uniform at a pace of 3.6 mph for 4 miles
There will be extensive amounts of running throughout the course. You should feel comfortable running 3 miles at an 8 to 9 minute/mile pace.
Meeting these minimum requirements will set you up for success at FMTB-West.
If you have further questions please contact the FMTB-West CFL by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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