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b. In the assembly area, company aid men are with their assigned companies. If necessary, they obtain additional supplies for their medical pouches from the aid station. The aid station group, less the battalion surgeon, remains in a state of readiness. The litter bearers are issued litters and additional dressings. The battalion surgeon remains with the battalion commander and staff until all details of the battalion order are completed and the order is- sued. He then returns to the site of his battalion station and issues his order.

41. MEDICAL SERVICE DURING DEVELOP- MENT AND ATTACK. a. Initial dispositions. (1) Upon development of the regiment, the transpor- tation of each battalion medical section joins its re- spective section. If motor vehicles cannot continue moving forward, the packs containing the essential equipment are slung and carried to the aid station sites. Detailed orders are issued to medical person- nel. The initial locations of the battalion aid stations are designated in the battalion attack order. For duties of personnel, see FM 7-20.

(2) As battalions move forward for combat, com- pany aid men and litter bearers follow designated companies.

(3) Aid station personnel move to the initial aid station location, but remain prepared to move for- ward unless developments require the immediate es- tablishment of the station at that site. Reconnais-

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