"There can be no greater honour, responsibility, or mark of confidence than to be entrusted with the final validation of a nation’s troops as they take their final step into often unknown territory." Alex Stronge, Director of Education, Global Health Services, Iqarus.

Background

The nature of military operations in the 21st Century is distinctly different from the ‘set piece’ conflicts of the past.

Modern operations are both complex and multilateral, with the unlikelihood of any coalition nation unilaterally deploying troops in isolation. Today’s warfare is conducted by coalitions and commonwealths of nations working in unison.

The threat to the deployed personnel has far from diminished, requiring deliverance of highly sophisticated medical care at the point of wounding without the comprise of care and swift evacuation.

A reality of battlefield medicine is that the fate of the casualty rests with the person who applies the first dressing, and often not a professional medic.

This situation places a tremendous clinical responsibility on non-medically qualified soldiers delivering sophisticated medical techniques while working in conditions of extreme stress.

Challenges

When delivering international military medical training, it is critical the approach meets the national standards of the client while conforming with the international principles of operating coalitions.

Additionally, the training provider must be conscious of the clients national and cultural traditions ensuring that the course terminology and the instructor's conduct is respectful at all times.

The differing values and approaches are inherent in delivering training to a tri-service audience that's made up of non-clinical personnel as well as highly experienced military medical staff.

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Successful evaluation is measured by the competency of the delivery team, as well as their ability to thoroughly understand the present-day global battlespace, current military medical science, and the client’s tri-service military culture.

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Solutions

Iqarus’s Training and Development Team entered into discussion with the host nation’s senior command to demonstrate the capabilities and previous experiences of International military medical training.

Working in Association with International SOS we were able to demonstrate our effective training capacity, management structure and geographic presence in both the client’s homeland as well as the third nation’s delivery location.

We enlisted instructors with proven experience operating within the client’s military medical services. We generated an international training team dedicated to effective delivery, from our existing military medical training cadre.

Supported by joint administrative services within the third nation delivery location, we ensured efficient personnel, logistical and administrative backing was provided to the project and training teams.

Outcome

Our training and management teams developed and coordinated the delivery of a comprehensive training programme, which included an extreme surge in the training of students and personnel within the first month.

We delivered training to large groups of military personnel drawn from all three services, including medics and nominated VIPs.

Training satisfaction ratings were polled at 92% in the initial month of training and are expected to rise further with growing familiarity.

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The client nation has entered into discussion with Iqarus’s Training and Development Team to develop future national military medical training as well as national policy around medical training.

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