Corpsmen and medics have to be the Jacks-of-all-trades when they're out on patrol. They're considered riflemen until one of their boys gets wounded or sick, then they have to jump into doctor mode.
As much as they love their brothers-in-arms — and will do anything for them in battle — living with your unit stateside requires a much different mentality.
Navy Corpsman Daniel Jacobs and Adam Petree chat during an early morning meeting at the 52 Area Branch Medical Clinic (SOI) in Camp Pendleton, Calif. (DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III)
For the young "Docs" who live in the barracks, their job doesn't stop once the medical clinic — or B.A.S. — closes for the day. They are embedded with their grunts every day of the year.
Even though they're considered "one of the guys," there is a limit to what they'll offer up when not deployed.
So, check out some calls you'll probably never hear your platoon medics ever say.