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“The majority of them automatically go into panic mode. But that’s what we’re there for,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Luanglath, a Navy corpsman. “You have to say, ‘Hey, it’s OK, it’s OK. He’s still breathing. Remember your basic steps. It’s going to be all right.’”
Also making medical training more difficult is the reality that most Afghan doctors and others with medical knowledge are loath to go to dangerous and remote areas, such as southwestern Afghanistan. Afghan troops from outside of the region are not told that they will deploy to the southwest until after they are en route.
But coalition troops are trying to emphasize that this fighting season is the last opportunity the Afghans will have to learn these skills before standing on their own. The level of U.S. forces, currently about 66,000, is expected to be reduced by roughly half by February.
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