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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, June 17, 2021

No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight | Marine Corps Times

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A lifesaving Defense Department policy that whisks wounded troops off the battlefield to lifesaving care within the first hour of injury is a luxury Marines may not have headed into the next big fight.

The policy is credited with a near 98 percent survival rate, Rear Adm. Colin G. Chinn, Joint Staff surgeon, told audience members at a Navy medical symposium held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on Wednesday.

But as the U.S. is facing more capable adversaries, it’s a promise the Defense Department no longer believes it can keep.

Source: No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight | Marine Corps Times

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