A recon corpsman provides medical and operational services for Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance and special operations personnel engaged in direct action, COIN, U/W, FID, and reconnaissance operations. They perform paramedical skills, basic life support, minor surgical procedures, treatment of diving-related injuries, and other routine and emergency medical healthcare procedures as required.

They instruct and advise operational personnel in measures for prevention of illness and treatment of injuries associated with operating in austere environments, open- and closed-circuit SCUBA diving, military free fall, and amphibious operations. They are skilled in hyperbaric-chamber operations and military parachuting in direct support of Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance and special operations units.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the highly trained corpsmen who serve in the Marine Force Recon community, the special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman (SARC). Follow Hospital Corpsman 2 Matt Carlson as he helps his team during a visit, board, search, and seizure mission. He explains what it takes to balance being a triggerman and corpsman. The ‘Welcome to the MEU’ video series is designed get behind the scenes with the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while on their spring patrol ’15 of the Asia-Pacific Region.