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44 Medical Task Group
SANDF 44 Medical Task Group emblem.jpg
Active January 1978 to present
Country  South Africa
Branch 70px 70px
Type Airborne Assault Medic
Commandant Kriek Williamson
Ops Medic identification_symbol_2= SANDF Ops medic proficiency badge

South Africa's 44 Medical Task Group, a affiliate of 7 Medical Battalion, operates within 44 Parachute Brigade and 1 Parachute Battalion respectively. The Group consists of Para Ops Medics, specialized soldiers who perform the recovery, stabilization and evacuation of wounded soldiers from behind enemy lines.[1]

44 Medical Task Group is similar in function to the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Pararescuemen (also known as PJs), who are tasked with the recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.

Garrison[edit | edit source]

Based at 44 Parachute Regiment, Tempe, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. 44 Medical Task Group, consists of a platoon-sized medical contingent consisting of Operational Medical Support Operators or Ops Medics.

Training Requirements[edit | edit source]

Para Ops Medics are trained under two main criteria:

  • Military Medical Operations:

Para Ops Medics are qualified under Basic Life Support III. They are trained to stabilize patients, stop bleeding, maintain airways, suture wounds, administrate drips and perform lifesaving medical procedures while evacuating patients out of a combat area.[2]

  • Para Selection /Training:

All members of 44 Medical Task Group are static line parachute qualified. Selected members are also Freefall, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO)/ High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and or Tandem parachute qualified, enabling the Medical Task Group to support the Parachute Battalions, Parachute School and Regiment in their full spectrum of requirements.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1239&ParameterString=South%20African%20Medical%20Service&ParameterString2=Medical%20Services
  2. Whittle, Marius (2006). "OPS Medic – operational medical orderlies during the Border War". Joernaal vir Eietydse Geskiedenis 31 (3): 326–248. ISSN 0258-2422.

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