Pvt. Steven James reported to the medic tent at 14:58, showing signs of second degree burns along both forearms and multiple small lacerations across his exposed flesh. Pvt. James had been participating in a live fire exercise featuring Puritan automated defense systems. He reports that when running the tactical course, a flamethrower hidden in the branches of a Christmas tree had malfunctioned, sending fuel all over the Private’s hands and arms. A spark from the tree’s ignition module had set Pvt. James’ arms alight, causing the burns. Treatment was applying burn ointment, cleaning the wound, and wrapping in clean dressing. He is to be placed on light duty and will return to medical personnel for dressing changes and followups before being cleared for return to full duty. The small lacerations were caused by Pvt. James wandering into the fire of the X-Mas Letter Cannon while trying to seek out help. The lacerations are minor and should heal quickly. Pvt. James was also given a topical antibiotic ointment, and ordered to apply twice daily when dressing changes occur.
The new weapons are far more devious than the medical staff was prepared for. These kinds of injuries continue to happen, and mostly due to the shoddy nature in which they were constructed. The enemy’s use of slave labor and non-existent safety standards (I am sure OSHA would have a field day) has serious battlefield treatment implications. It is possible that we could retrain a sizable portion of our medical staff to handle these injuries, though it is unlikely that all medics would receive proper training before deployment. It is also my personal recommendation that the standard field medic kits be outfitted with more tiny bandages and burn cream.
Cpl. Philipp Fisher SOCM