There’s something about this whole side story that’s been bothering me for quite a while. I’m not a military expert by any means, but aren’t there very specific US military regulation prohibiting medics from engaging in combat? I might be wrong on this, but I don’t think so.
Of course I realize, just because there are regulations about the activity doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen.
I’ve been wondering that myself. Medics don’t carry weapons. It’s not just UCMJ. It’s international treaties.
“Medics” can and do carry weapons.
I don’t believe there are any Marine medics, currently. They deploy Navy corpsmen with marine detachments for first aid. The Geneva convention prohibits shooting at anybody wearing the medical insignia, unless they pick up an offensive weapon and start shooting. Medics do carry sidearms for protection of themselves or their patients.
Modern wars are not currently fought by the Geneva convention. Medics are indistinguishable from any other infantryman.
You’re all missing the point. He’s staring at his own grave. He is Sisyphus, who, upon finally reaching the top of the hill, realizes that eternity has come to an end.