We already knew that Army Rangers were a unique breed of badass, but performing real-time blood transfusions while under enemy fire on the battlefield takes it to an entirely new level.
The Ranger O Low Titre Program (ROLO), developed a few years ago, allows soldiers to donate blood to their wounded comrades on the battlefield in a matter of minutes, according to a recent Army press release.
“When called upon, a blood donor volunteer moves to the casualty and pulls out their issued blood donor pack,” the release explains. “Either the unit’s combat medic or a trained non-medic Ranger draws the blood from the volunteer. The volunteer then returns to combat and the blood is immediately administered to the casualty.
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Rangers in Afghanistan saw this life-saving technique executed in combat for the first time last summer, according to the release, when an assault force was pinned down for two hours in Wardak province during a night raid.