The path to winning the highly coveted Expert Field Medical Badge starts in Landstuhl, Germany.

The Army kicked off the grand opening of a new EFMB training course Thursday by sending 13 medics from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center through the course.

Spc. Eliseo Coria, who recently competed for the EFMB, said the new course is pretty tough. “Compared to Grafenwöhr, this course is a lot longer,” said Coria. “But we had to do [Grafenwöhr] faster.”

The half-mile-long course runs through a wooded area with four man-made obstacles and rugged terrain requiring the team of medics to coordinate their movements.

Landstuhl was chosen for the new course by the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command — which funds and provides oversight for all Army training areas — because of the high number of medical personnel in the area. Badges are good, but the underlying objective of the course is collectively understood.

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