Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by CitadelN88, Nov 21, 2018.
My google fu is weak this morning.
Health Services Technician.
CG and Navy have generally had similar names, though over the past 30 years many ratings have been eliminated, merged with others, new ones created or freshly named.
I’d be interested in what our CG folk actually call them.
Perfect thanks - I just learned the USN Signalman rate is no more, made me a little sad and feel rather old
The only thing stable about change is change.
There were still a few Boiler Techs around during my last AD years. “Sparks” is gone, RM, rolled up into another rating, echoing the merging of all kinds of data and comm systems.
If they ever get rid of “Boats,” I will know I’ve achieved Ancient Mariner status, though some would already place me there.
But what do CG folk informally call their enlisted medical personnel? Or not?
They’re HSs but typically, if they’re on a ship they’re “Doc”.
I think HS is Health Service Specialist
Either I’ve always been wrong about this, or it has changed...
The link I posted uses “technician.”
We all go by Doc but the Coasties medical rating is HS, Health Services Technician.
The senior HS on cutters with no physician aboard, equal to our IDCs, went to our IDC school. We used to call them "Department of Transportation" representatives. They now of course are not in the DOT.
I thought conversations with you (much beloved) military medics always started out “Uh, hey Doc, I’ve got this (______) going on with my/in my (________). Can you give me something?”
Yep, passageway medicine.
I’m just happy someone associated with Marines can spell DOT.
The answer is ... 800 mg Motrin.
Otherwise known as Vitamin M - precisely! Taken from the large container of horse-sized pills from the interior of a steel cabinet or desk drawer whose contents were known only to The Doc.
With our flight surgeon, it was "Hey Doc...it hurts when I go like this....(demonstrating whatever action causes the ailment....), and Docs response was "then don't go like that....."
"Hey Doc, I get a pain in my eye every time I drink hot chocolate. What should I do?"
"Take the spoon out of the cup, you moron."
Actual medicine is only about 10 percent of Doc's job aboard ship and with the Marines. The rest of our time is taken up with food sanitation, hearing, heat, scheduling physicals and specialty consultations, PB4T, supply management and other whatnots. Of course everybody thinks we do nothing and have time, anytime, to look at their itchy place or write a light duty chit.
I don't know how many times I got stopped in the P-way with, "Doc, I have a drip, sore, rash," or fill in any below the belt condition.
OK, let me look at it.
"What, we're in the passageway," he'd say.
Now you see my predicament. See me in Sick Bay at 08 tomorrow morning and I'll check it out.
Howling here. Passageway medicine. Still laughing.
Bonus points for mentioning PB4T, Planning Board for Training, arguably the most-dreaded, interminable, regularly-occurring meeting I recall during my JO and mid-grade years.
I just nodded off at the mention of PB4T
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