My Journey as a Combat Medic – Osprey

My Journey as a Combat Medic - Osprey 9781782000907

My Journey as a Combat Medic – Osprey 9781782000907

Patrick Thibeault has served in the US Army in various capacities since the 1990s, originally training as a Airborne soldier before specialising as a combat medic. My Journey as a Combat Medic covers his original training and deployment before providing a look at the roles he’s since played in the US Army’s forces, including his recent deployment to Afghanistan.

It is a no-holds bar look at the modern medic in the US Army, allowing us a glimpse at the training as a soldier and as a specialist, as well as deployment and front line duties and the impact of service on civilian life, including an honest look at PTSD, from the author’s own personal experience. Rather than a technical manual, My Journey as a Combat Medic is a detailed first hand account, concluding with a letter to new medics, providing a career’s worth of advice and knowledge as they begin their journeys.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Airborne, All the Way
  • Chapter 2: Desert Storm
  • Chapter 3: Army Training
  • Chapter 4: Medical Training
  • Chapter 5: The Combat Medic
  • Chapter 6: The Army and the National Guard
  • Chapter 7: Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan
  • Chapter 8: Camp Victory, Afghanistan
  • Chapter 9: Healthcare in the Military
  • Chapter 10: The Final Years
  • Chapter 11: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chapter 12: Dear New Medic
  • About the Author