16 Feb '18, 2am

No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight https://t.co/SHAfj4BvVD

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. “The last 15 years of war we pretty much adapted to the operational environment and dominated it,” Chinn said. “We are not going to have all the advantages we have now.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, relayed his concerns about the ‘golden rule’ last week to Chinn, the admiral said. The ‘golden hour ’ policy was put in p...

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