February 7, 2012

Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

If you know anything about the Marine Corps, you know that they have no medical services. The Marines draw from the Navy for their medics (or Docs), and Recon has its own breed of Docs – The Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman. These elite Navy Docs are pretty much indistinguishable from their Marine Counterparts, with the exception of the long sideburns and the occasional 70s stash. They go through a pipeline of training to earn the SARC title. Their schooling consists of Amphibious Reconnaissance Course, Marine Combatant Diver Course, Basic Airborne Course and the school that makes them a Special Ops Doc: The Special Operations Combat Medic Course (SOCM).

Once the Recon Docs are done with their pipeline training, they’re assigned to a Recon Team, with Recon Battalion, Force Recon Company or MARSOC. There are no restrictions to the positions that they can fill. Many Docs have been everything from point men to team leaders. They also have the task to cross-train the rest of the team members is battlefield care. Some SARCs even go through the 18D Long Course, which is the same course that US Army Special Forces Medics attend.

The SARC program started in the 90s to enable the Navy to provide fully trained Recon Corpsman to the various Marine Corps Recon units. This program was a huge step for the community and also enables Docs to remain in the Recon Community as a career path.


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  • warfightertx

    The docs attached to my unit are top notch!

  • Deepdiverhawaii

    I am considering trying for SARC. If anyone on here can answer some questions I would greatly appreciate it. I have tried on my own and there doesn't seem to be much information readily available out there.

  • bittorrent321

    @trpollom  hay man if you need some info you can hit me up, I am an active duty SARC. [email protected]

  • Docp8404

    @trpollom send me an email [email protected] and I can answer some of your questions. I am not a SARC but am a FMF Corpsman. I'm sure I can get you an answer if I don't know.

  • trpollom

    I'm dying to get more information on the SARCs. I've wanted to be a Recon Marine since I was a kid (my father was a Marine and raised me on stories of the legendary "Recon") and now I'm really looking at the Navy Corpsman pipeline. I'll be finishing college soon and it's about time for me to pick a service.   It's really hard to find accurate information about Recon these days. Between MARSOC restructuring, and the reestablishment of Force Recon it seems like everyone has a different take. Recruiters aren't any better because I feel like I'll be promised SARC and end up on a ship (no offense to any sailors out there).   I'm hoping SOFREP can put out some more information on the SARC pipeline, how to get into it, etc. Thanks SOFREP, and thanks @Bill Janson for this article.