Combat lifesaver course

The US Army Combat Lifesaver Course is an official medical training course conducted by the US Army. The course is intended to provide an intermediate step between the buddy aid-style basic life support taught to every soldier and the advanced life support skills that are taught to US Army Combat Medics and to US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeants[citation needed] ( MOS 68W and MOS 18D respectively).[1]

Individual Aid Kit

Course outlineEdit

  • 40 hours theory & practical instruction
  • 40 question written exam (pass/fail), 70% minimum score
  • 30 minute practical exam (pass/fail), 100% minimum score

While a CLS certification is technically permanent, soldiers in Priority 1 units (actively-deploying brigade combat teams, for example) must retake the course once a year to retain their certification.[2][3]

Scope of curriculumEdit

Aside from basic first aid, Combat Lifesavers are also taught to identify and perform the correct pre-hospital treatment for:

Combat Lifesavers are not, however, trained or permitted to perform (among other things) laryngoscopy, single lumen tracheal intubation or any kind of surgery (such as emergency cricothyrotomy)


  2. ^ "AROTC: Army Reserve Officer Training Corps" (PDF).
  3. ^ "קורס עזרה ראשונה". Tuesday, 15 December 2020