In a 2006 New York Times article, a Navy corpsman said for his combat wound training an anesthetized pig was shot eight times with several types of firearms before it was set on fire. The mission for the corpsman: to keep the animal alive for as long as possible. It survived for 15 hours.
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Thats what we called goat school back in the day. Back then only Special Forces guys went to it, SEALS and Recon Corpsman, ordinary line Corpsman did not. Now all the kids get to go, its a team effort usually 4 to a team, anesthetized pig is shot a few times, the team has to put in a couple chest tubes, a couple of IO's, a cutdown line and a few other things but the goal is the same; keep the pt alive as long as possible. Now is it cruel? The animal is anesthetized so it doesnt feel any pain but truthfully I don't care if it does. If killing a few pigs is going to make the difference between one of my Marines coming back to his family alive or not, then bring the pigs. Now the PETA people have issues with this but then again they have lots of their own issues anyway, people are people and animals are animals. They serve a purpose,whatever purpose that may be but a purpose the same. In some countries people dress their dogs in little sweaters and carry them in a purse, in others they roast them on a spit. Who are we to judge. Now when it comes to this sort of thing I am a little biased as is obvious, but when I was at field med we had to practice on each other, up to and including an IO in each other chests. For those that don't know an IO is short for an inter-osseous IV, which in short is a needle in a bone for IV access, and the Navy bone of choice is the breastbone.
Ahh good times.