The Expert Field Medical Badge is the medical equivalent of the Expert Infantry Badge. Recently, a video has been making the rounds of CPT Cudd finishing the final event of the week long challenge- the 12 mile road march.
The EFMB isn’t easy. In fact, I’d say it is harder to earn than the EIB. Having said that, while CPT Cudd did in fact meet the minimum standards, the video is just embarrassing. Absent an injury or illness, no company grade officer in any branch should struggle that much at the end of a 12 miler. It just isn’t that tough.
You know what we called a 12 mile road march in The Wolfhounds?
Every week we did a 12 miler. And our packs were a heck of a lot more than the 35 pound pack specified for EFMB/EIB. And we did it in the same standard three hour period. As an added bonus, the route we used was actually 13 miles.
You know who has impressed me so far? The women who made it through the first week of Ranger School.