Tactical medicine training for SEAL mission commanders

Mil Med. 2001 Jul;166(7):625-31.


The Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) project initiated by the Naval Special Warfare Command and continued by the U.S. Special Operations Command has developed a new set of combat trauma care guidelines that seek to combine good medical care with good small-unit tactics. The principles of care recommended in TCCC have gained increasing acceptance throughout the Department of Defense in the 4 years since their publication, and increasing numbers of combat medical personnel and military physicians have been trained in this concept. Because casualty scenarios in small-unit operations typically present tactical as well as medical problems, however, it has become apparent that a customized version of this course suitable for small-unit mission commanders is a necessary addition to the program. This paper describes the development of a course in tactical medicine for SEAL mission commanders and its transition into use in the Naval Special Warfare community.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine / education*
  • Military Personnel / education*
  • Traumatology / education*
  • Warfare*