USAMRMC Soldiers Earn Coveted Expert Field Medical Badge

Competitors must complete day and night land navigation

EFMB awardees must pass a comprehensive written exam and complete a series of training lanes where they are tested on combat care and other military survival skills. Competitors must also complete day and night land navigation and then, if they make it that far, a final 12-mile road march on the last day that must be completed within three hours. (Courtesy photo.)

Six Soldiers from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command earned the Expert Field Medical Badge during the 2015 EFMB competition held Oct. 3-8 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The EFMB is one of the U.S. Army Medical Command's top honors and is intended to recognize Soldier medics who attain a high degree of professional skill and proficiency as a field medic -- reserved for the best of the best. Earning the badge requires deliberate planning and focused training.

Over the past 50 years alone, over 150,000 Soldiers have attempted to earn the Army Medical Department's most prestigious peacetime badge. The overall EFMB pass rate for 2015 was 18 percent.

To earn the badge, candidates must complete a series of warrior and medical tasks. They must also successfully finish day and night land navigation tests, as well as a written exam and a final 12-mile road march. The Soldiers awarded the EFMB are elite field medics capable and ready to support the U.S. during combat situations.

The USAMRMC Soldiers awarded the EFMB include:

  • Staff Sgt. Alice Craig -- U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
  • Sgt. Edwin Figueroa - 6th Medical Logistics Management Center
  • Maj. Anna Mullins -- Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Capt. Victor Zottig -- Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Capt. Jangwoo Lee -- Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Lt. Brian Morrison - Navy Research - Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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Last Modified Date: 19-Oct-2015