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Lieutenant Junior Grade - Ministry of Defence

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

In this chapter of my #WorkExperience, I explain my job position at the Italian Ministry of Defence from 2013 to 2017.

Table of contents

  1. Ministry of Defence;

  2. Commissioner Lieutenant Junior Grade;

  3. Combat Life Saver;

  4. Project Manager;

  5. Communications Manager.


Digitalized two enrollment cores with the typical tools of a light company;

Won my first award for a public sector project: Tie Your Tie;

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade after my first publication: Role and evolution of humanitarian aids in the Italian Development Cooperation.


Military Corps of the Red Cross badge logo on a white background
Military Corps of the Red Cross's logo.

I worked in the Military Corps of the Red Cross from May 2013 to January 2017 and belonged to the North-East Deployment Core of Verona.

In particular, I served in the Enlistments Core and Promotional Activities IRC of Padua and Venice with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.

Military Corps of the Red Cross

The Military Corps of the Red Cross is a special auxiliary volunteer military corp of the Italian army founded in 1866.


I was a versatile soldier who could be used for several purposes according to the specific circumstances: Combat Life Saver, Project Manager and Communications Manager.

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I spent my first two years in the Corps as a private with the operational role of Combat Life Saver. I served at the 7th Health Core of Verona in a tactical ambulance unit, obtaining many internal licenses.

Italian Red Cross army Basic Life Support training course
Alberto Carniel, a private of the Military Corps of the Red Cross, is performing a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This first aid training is mandatory in the Italian army.

European First Aid Certificate

This qualification is achieved after a two week course, where certified trainers teach you how to act in main health-emergency cases. During the course, apprentices learn basic first aid operations, according to the health guidelines of the European Union.

Basic Life Support Defibrillator

To achieve this qualification, you need to attend a two day course where certified medics teach you how to use the automatic and semi-automatic defibrillator. At the end of the course, there is a final practical test. Once you get the certification, you are qualified and authorized to use defibrillators in case of emergency. You have to renew your certification every two years.

First Aid and Patient Transportation

This course is sponsored and directed by the Italian Red Cross and gives apprentices all the necessary skills to be a professional ambulance technician. It lasts six months and is divided into three parts: a theoretical class, practical training and traineeship. The course is very demanding with ongoing examinations. Apprentices are only allowed to start the traineeship after having passed a midterm theoretical and practical test. You become a professional ambulance technician after the final exam, where a Red Cross commissioner evaluates your performance.

The teaching approach is very operational and you have practical training during each lesson. The human body is examined in depth: from the nervous system, skeletal system and internal apparatuses, to the organism's processes.

Many illnesses, dysfunctions and poisoning cases are analyzed together with their specific first aid treatments. Similarly, they also teach you how to treat fractures and burns, and how to correctly use many first aid devices like: bag valve masks, Kendrick Extrication Devices (K.E.D.), neck braces, gurneys, electrocardiography devices and so on.

The program trains you on Basic Life Support maneuvers (B.L.S) applied to adults and children (in this case, it is called Pediatric Basic Life Support, P.B.L.S.).

The traineeship consists of a minimum of 60 hours ambulance service with a tutor who is assigned to each apprentice to supervise and teach the operational aid maneuvers.

Non-medical qualifications

  • ​Supply goods and services below the E.U. threshold;

  • Driving licences: n°108386 - Type: 1; 3; 4.