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take over casualties of a battalion aid station that is forced to move before these casualties can be evacu- ated. It may be established in the area of the regi- mental reserve so that the section with the reserve may remain in readiness for movement. In some situations, the regimental aid station is not estab- lished, and headquarters section personnel may be used elsewhere. This group serves as a source of re- placement and reinforcement for the battalion sec- tion.

(2) A battalion aid station is established by a battalion section to serve a battalion, including any supporting personnel in the battalion area.

b. Considerations affecting selection of site. (1) Desirable features sought in selecting an aid station site (fig. 4) are-

  • (a)

    Protection from flat-trajectory fire.

  • (b)

    Convenience to troops being served.

  • (c)

    Concealment.

  • (d)

    Economy in litter carry.

  • (e)

    Proximity to natural lines of drift of walking

wounded.

  • (f)

    Accessibility to supporting medical troops.

  • (g)

    Facility of future movement of the station

to the front or rear.

  • (h)

    Proximity to water.

  • (i)

    Protection from the elements.

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