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Old 01 Feb 17, 02:30
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How Often Do Soldiers Sustain Mundane Injuries?

Watching the NFL's (American Football) top-tier athletes sustain "mundane" injuries on a regular basis has me wondering if the same thing happens to soldiers in the field with some regularity. In other words, how often do soldiers on patrol/in combat encounter non-life threatening injuries such as twisted ankles, bone fractures, concussions, ACL/MCL injuries, etc.?

In addition, how does the unit deal with these injuries? Grit and bear it? Evac.?
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Old 01 Feb 17, 13:40
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Frequently, and those injuries are treated at the battlion aid station, or if severe enough, evacced.

I was my battalion's medical officer for eight years and treated hundreds of injuries.
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A lot of times they don't get treated because they don't want to look like a sick bay commando......

Big mistake.
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That's very rare, actually. Even the battalion commander showed up constantly.

Only ignorant soldiers work through injury or disease.
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In a five year period at Ft Rucker, I had two concussions and a jammed wrist. Fk MC's in the dirt. Both concussions made me unfit for duty for a period of 3 to 6 months.
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You would have done better in my unit!

The real sandbaggers came out while we were in garrison, especially when move-out orders came down. Then the sickbay commandos thronged, in complete formations, to my clinic to "get out of field duty".
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That's very rare, actually. Even the battalion commander showed up constantly.

Only ignorant soldiers work through injury or disease.
It's not rare in the Marine infantry.
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It's not rare in the Marine infantry.
Then they are incurring further injury by doing so, and my original comment stands.
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Then they are incurring further injury by doing so, and my original comment stands.
From your limited perspective, it does still stand as does mine from my limited perspective.
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I work with a USMCR Staff Sgt who did 4-5 active and now about 8 reserve. Infantry is a young man's game. He's always talking about his joints and back.
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In my experience, small stuff like strains and sprains (ankles, wrists) were often ignored unless they were debilitatingly severe. Back injuries were often ignored as well, or taken care of on a platoon level (if you knew one of your squad had tweaked his back, you'd let him lay off a bit for a day and usually they considered that sufficient). Anything debilitating went to BAS.
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Jump related injuries are common in airborne units. Someone is always on profile. I sprained an ankle on my first jump, spent a week on profile, and finished jump school with the next class.

And not all jump related injuries are landing caused either. You should see what can happen to a jumper's arm and shoulder if he exits with a static line under his arm. It's actually hard to do if you are paying attention when you hand the safety your static line but if you are not paying attention you can get your arm on the wrong side of it. I saw an ANGLICO Marine manage it.

PT injuries happen on occasion. Mine was a "lateral co-lateral ligament sprain." I stepped in a pothole in the pavement on a company run. The thing about double timing in formation is that sometimes you don't see your next step until you've already stepped.
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Intersting thread for me.
i think Lot of times they don't get treated because they don't want to look like a sick.
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It's common. Older/longer term soldiers are frequently on profile for something. I've tried to avoid looking like a sick call ranger, but i can no longer do the runs, so I need to get a profile so I can take the alt event pt test.
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With the Navy its pretty frequent. Most sailors work in what you'd call an industrial environment 24/7. That's what being on a ship amounts to. Carrier flight decks are one of the most hazardous and dangerous places to work there is and the flight deck crew might work 16 hour days 6 or 7 days a week for weeks on end.
Even ashore many jobs are in industrial shops to support and fix ships. Same sort of environment.
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