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Field Medical Training Battalion - East

Marine Corps Training and Education Command

Camp Lejeune, NC

Dear Student,

On behalf of the Commanding Officer of Field Medical Training Battalion (East), let me offer my warmest welcome to the upcoming Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat Life Saver (CLS) Trainer Class.

This program is at the heart of a revolution in medical training throughout the Marine Corps. You, as a certified Medical Trainer of TCCC and CLS represent the critical link between initial medical training of Sailors and Marines and quality sustainment training. It is through this concerted effort of providing ongoing, meaningful training that has enabled us to reduce the number of battlefield fatalities to a level unparalleled in our nation’s history.

The course you will be attending will certify you as a trainer.  Only experienced and highly skilled Corpsmen should apply for attendance.  A TCCC test will be administered at the beginning of class on day one.  You must pass this written test with an 80% or above to remain in training.  The test is based upon the most recently approved CoTCCC guidelines. 

You will not be taught any medical skills in this course as most of the class will concentrate on teaching you to provide quality instruction. You will be required to perform multiple oral presentations, including teach backs of medical topics. This is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively deliver the material.

One of the topics covered will be the Combat Lifesaver Program.  Although this concept has been in the operating forces for some time, it was formalized in 2006 and the curriculum will be available to you on a disc we provide upon completion of the course.  You will then be empowered to certify your Marines as designated Combat Life Savers in accordance with MARADMIN 209/12.

Since the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care are being practiced now in every facet of military medical care, this course will provide a brief review of the three phases of care.  The updates covered in the most recent Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care meeting will be covered and you will be responsible for providing instruction on this topic to all Corpsmen in your unit. The TCCC curriculum will also be on the disc provided.  This represents the most formalized sustainment training for Hospital Corpsmen in recent memory.

During this time of conflict, these courses are more relevant than ever. Quality instruction leads directly to more men and women surviving combat injuries.

It is highly recommended that you review the documents attached.  

Lisa A. Blazer, GS-11
TCCC/CLS Trainer Course Coordinator
S-5 Assistant

TOPICS Covered in TCCC/CLS Trainer Course:

Prepare for Instruction
Employ Instructional Communication
Conduct a Lesson
TCCC Overview

Four “Teach-backs” on the following:  NPA insertion, the CAT, the Chest Seal, Needle Thoracentesis, Pressure Dressings,  Combat Gauze, and  the TCCC Card.


This is a three day didactic course for USN 8404 Hospital Corpsmen. This course does not teach you to be a CLS. It will certify you to be a CLS Trainer by giving you experience in proper training techniques. This course will also review an overview of TCCC.


Mrs. Lisa Blazer (910) 450-1867
Program Coordinator, TCCC/CLS Trainer
S-5 Assistant

Mr. J. R. Miles (910) 450-0815
Program Director, TCCC/CLS Trainer

FMTB Quarter Deck (910) 450-0712/0750


Field Medical Training Battalion
Bldg M-508 ‘Doc Bradley Hall’
Camp Johnson, NC
See FMTB home page for directions and maps to Camp Johnson.


Parking is limited directly in front of Doc Bradley Hall.  There is parking in the parking lot across from the bldg on the corner of the street.   


You do not need orders if you are stationed locally.   All others, report with a set of FUNDED, TAD orders. There is no messing or berthing available. Motels/hotels are available out in town.


Camouflage utilities, appropriate for the season. Alternately, you may wear the appropriate seasonal service uniform.


0730-1600 each day. One hour is allotted for lunch.


Camp Johnson has a small exchange, a chow hall and an eatery serving burgers and pizza located on the premises. There are a few fast food restaurants directly outside the gate as well.

The link to the current TCCC Guidelines is available on the FMTB-East home page or here: TCCC Guidelines.

 You will receive handouts, a CD ROM, and a certificate at the completion of this course.


Click here for the TCCC/CLS portion of FMTB TIP, which lists the course dates for FY 13.