Why is this medic smiling?
Because he is a Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment and this is his profession. As a 68W, he is Ranger Qualified, Airborne Qualified, and Pathfinder Qualified. Along with his basic Army medical training, he has been to the Combat Trauma Management Course and the Special Operations Combat Medical Course (Additional Skill Identifier W1).
This U.S. Army Ranger is a U.S. Special Operations Command certified Advanced Tactical Paramedic. He prepares for his fifth combat deployment with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during live fire training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., March 27, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle)