Medics tackle grueling 72 hours of trials to determine US Army’s best

A combat medic team slowly rappels a simulated patient down a 25-foot cliff during the Best Medic Competition at Camp Bullis, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016. The 72-hour contest forces medics to perform feats of physical and emotional strength as well as critical thinking in hopes of being named the Army's best medics. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)As the helicopter lands in an open field, combat medics jump out amid the sound of gunfire. In two-person teams, they sprint toward 180-pound dummies to treat their simulated wounds. As discerning evaluators watch, the medics then drag the dummies on a litter through thick Texas brush to a cliff, where they quickly, but carefully,

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