By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Program Manager Training Systems is committed to acquiring the best training devices to support fleet requirements. The three new Infantry Immersion Trainers (IIT) were built to train units preparing for overseas deployment to Afghanistan and are state-of-the-art facilities, making a difference in the development of critical small unit and individual combat skills.

The same is true about the training for Navy Corpsmen who deploy with those Marine combat units, and why PM TRASYS selected the “Cut Suit,” manufactured by Strategic Operations, a small company in San Diego, Calif., for the medical training requirement for its life saving skills training device. It gives Corpsmen realistic training by conducting simulated “operations” on live patients during field training exercises.

The “Cut Suit,” also called the Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator, has proved to be a very effective way to stimulate the look, feel and smell effects of severe traumatic events, while allowing both Navy Corpsmen and regular fleet Marines to safely perform real medical procedures on a live human during medical drills.

“We are trying to simulate, as close as we can, what a real medical situation would be like for our Corpsmen and Marines,” said Colonel David Smith, Program Manager, USMC Training Systems. “This suit is worn by a member of the unit, but mimics a real body – internally and externally – making the experience as close to the real situation as possible.”

The suit weighs about 30 pounds and is equipped with various fake organs, including a bladder, kidneys, veins and skin that can be cut, sliced, sutured and removed. It also features breakable bones, including ribs and a sternum, and interchangeable organs, like hearts that beat at different rates.