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1-66. The combat lifesaver (CLS) is a nonmedical Soldier trained to provide enhanced first aid/lifesaving procedures beyond the level of self-aid or buddy aid. The CLS is not intended to take the place of medical personnel. Using specialized training, the CLS can slow deterioration of a wounded Soldier’s condition until treatment by medical personnel is possible. Each certified CLS is issued a CLS aid bag. Whenever possible, the platoon leader ensures each fire team includes at least one CLS.
1-67. The CLS—
- Ensures that the squad CLS bags and litters are properly packed and stored.
- Identifies Class VIII shortages to the platoon medic.
- Provides enhanced first aid for injuries and participates in all litter-carry drills.
- Uses enhanced first-aid skills in the field until casualties can be evacuated.
- Knows the location of the casualty collection point and the tactical standard operating procedure (TACSOP) for establishing it.