It is that time of year again – we had a successful, pandemic-friendly Bushmaster in Spring 2021 and we are ready to prepare for October. We are planning to resume “normal” Bushmaster at Ft Indiantown Gap, PA with students in 25-person platoons and a larger complement of faculty and staff. I am pleased to announce that we will not require all of the faculty to stay overnight in the field with the students (only 1 faculty/platoon will remain in the field). There will be some updates to the scenario (to align with National Security priorities) and continued improvements in the assessment strategies.
If you are interested in serving as a faculty member at Operation Bushmaster, please fill out this Google Form:
The dates this year will be:
Iteration 1: 9 – 13 October 2021 (travel on 8 October)
Iteration 2: 18 – 22 October 2021 (travel on 17 October)
***Travel will be funded by USU but you must have approval to participate from your home unit***
I will leave the application open until 2 July 2021 with a goal of notifying the selected faculty members by 15 July 2021.
Please share this link with anyone who you feel would serve well as a Bushmaster faculty member – particularly motivated senior NCOs who could serve as a platoon sergeant. If you are selected to serve on the faculty, there will be required prework (about 8 hours prior to arriving for faculty training day) to ensure that you are prepared for the updated scenario and assessment requirements.
I look forward to hearing from many of you and working with you for another great practicum.
Thanks for your support,
Leslie Vojta, MD, FACEP
Lt Col, USAF, MC
Operation Bushmaster (MFP202) Academic Director
Department of Military and Emergency Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences