Knee-Deep Hospitalman

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Rashad Collins, attached to 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 2, crosses a canal during a security patrol in Sangin district, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2011. The battalion is a combat element of RCT-2, whose mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Rashad Collins, attached to 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 2, crosses a canal during a security patrol in Sangin district, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2011. The battalion is a combat element of RCT-2, whose mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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    1. Murdoc’s internet-fu leads him to believe that E1-E3 are “hospitalman” but he would welcome any clarification.

      Here’s what I found:

      CORPSMAN STRUCTURE
      HR – E1-Hospitalman Recruit
      HA – E2-Hospitalman Apprentice
      HN – E3-Hospitalman
      HM3 – E4 – Hospital Corpsman Third Class
      HM2 – E5 – Hospital Corpsman Second Class
      HM1 – E6 – Hospital Corpsman First Class
      HMC – E7 – Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman
      HMCS -E8 – Senior Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman
      HMCM -E9 – Master Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman

  1. Man! He’s got my respect; most of the canals we came across in the Stan contained very unhealthy amounts of sewage and/or sewage run off! They’d be a little better this time of year as it’s the wet season there; water levels and flow rates are all up considerably from the rest of the year. Decon before you come into the hootch, Dude! Makes me reflexively reach for my Cipro! LOL!

  2. I sit correctd. I still have never heard of them referred to as Hospitalman, but then again, I don’t hang in those circles regularly anymore.

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