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EFMB Information Paper


SUBJECT:Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB)

1.Purpose. To provide information on thefunction of the Expert Field Medical Badge(EFMB) program.


a.The EFMB is intended to recognize soldiermedics who attain a high degree ofprofessional skill and proficiency as afield medic. It rewards those who canexpertly perform in a simulated combatenvironment, both soldier common tasks andmedical tasks.

b.Commanders of Active Army, U.S. ArmyReserve, and Army National Guard FieldMedical Units, in the grade of O5 orabove, with the resources to conduct alltest phases prescribed by Department ofthe Army Pamphlet (DAPAM) 40-20, EFMBTest, are authorized to administer theEFMB Test and award the badge. Unitswithout an O5 Army Medical Departmentofficer may conduct the EFMB test bysubmitting a request using the DISCOM orRegiment/Separate Brigade Commander as theauthority.

c.Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-8-22(Military Awards), paragraph 8-9,prescribes the candidate eligibilityrequirements for the EFMB.

d.DAPAM 40-20 provides the standards andresponsibilities for the conduct of thetest.

e.Critical performance areas:

(1)Written Test–100 performance-orientedmultiple choice questions of which 75 mustbe passed.

(2)Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)–Theevents are push-ups, sit-ups, and atwo-mile run. A minimum of 60 points ineach event with a composite score of 180points must be achieved for thosecandidates not APFT certified by theircommander. No alternate event authorized.

(3)Land Navigation Courses–Both day andnight courses will be navigatedindividually.

(4)Weapon Qualification–Marksman or abovewithin 12 months preceding the EFMB teststart date.

*(5)Litter Obstacle Course–Candidates forminto four-person litter squads tonegotiate eight obstacles: low obstacle,high obstacle, gully or trench obstacle,barbed wire obstacle, uphill/upstairscarry, downhill/downstairs carry, roughterrain, and narrow obstacle (Candidatesare graded individually).

(6)Forced Road March–A 12-mile forced roadmarch must be accomplished within threehours.

*(7)Communication–Candidates must demonstratecompetency on use of field radios andradio techniques. “Prepare andtransmit a MEDEVAC request” must beperformed correctly, and be one of thethree of four tasks passed in order toreceive an overall “GO” for theCommunication Lane.

*(8)Survival–Candidates must demonstrateknowledge of survival skills in a Nuclear,Biological and Chemical environment and incombat situations requiring the use of theM16 series rifle.

*(9)Emergency Medical Treatment–Candidatesmust demonstrate knowledge in treatment ofvarious wounds similar to thoseencountered in a combat situation.

*(10)Evacuation of Sick and Wounded–Candidatesmust demonstrate evacuation techniquesutilizing a variety of vehicles and manualcarries.

(11)Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR)–Candidates must demonstrateproficiency in CPR using the one-personmethod.

*NOTE:These items must be performed undersimulated combat conditions.

f.The EFMB Study Guide is available to unitsthat submit a valid request for EFMB testmaterials and host the test. The studyguide was revised with updated changes andis available to the hosting units.

g.The Training Circular (TC 8-100) issuperseded by DAPAM 40-20 effectiveJanuary 1, 2000.

h.Information concerning future test datesand locations may be obtained either fromthe Department of Training Support, ATTN:MCCS-HT (EFMB), Commandant AHS, 1750Greeley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX78234-6122, DSN 421-9051/9453, commercial(210) 295-9051/9453; or from the listingin the monthly publication of the MERCURY.

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