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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.


Italian Red Cross army lecturing on how to treat sudden illnesses and illnesses for environmental reasons
Alberto Carniel, a Lieutenant Junior Grade of the Military Corps of the Red Cross, is teaching how to treat sudden illnesses and illnesses for environmental reasons at Chinotto barracks (Vicenza, Italy).

Army first aid trainer

The First Aid and Patient Transportation qualification (the Italian abbreviation is P.S.T.I.) gave me the opportunity to teach first aid fundamentals to the Italian army.

In particular, I collaborated with Chinotto barracks in Vicenza (Italy) and trained Carabinieri and the international militaries who came yearly to Vicenza to study at CoESPU (Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units).


Italian Red Cross humanitarian law simulation in Padua (Italy)
Italian Red Cross humanitarian law simulation in Padua (Italy). Alberto Carniel, Alex Pavan and other Red Cross volunteers are acting and simulating a war scene.

Red Cross actor

Being an actor is not easy like someone could imagine. You must know medical maneuvers to have the best performance on the set.

Furthermore, if you simulate a rescue scene set in a war environment, you must also know International Humanitarian Law. You need to apply this knowledge both during the planning and acting phase.

The First Aid and Patient Transportation qualification gave me the consciousness to act in a realistic way. So, I had the pleasure to work with the Italian Red Cross and Military Corps of the Red Cross.


Military Corps of the Red Cross mountain rescue service with Akia
Alberto Carniel, in the front, and another soldier of the Military Corps of the Red Cross are performing a mountain rescue with the Akia in Passo Rolle (Italy).

Rescue on snow-covered lands

The course is divided in 4 parts and each one has theoretical and practical lessons.

One part is focused on ski rescue, so that apprentices learn how to use several specific devices like the Akia. They also learn how to do first aid maneuvers in a snow-covered land.

The funniest part is focused on the professional use of a snowmobile. It is a rescue device which can also be very dangerous if it is not operated responsibly.

It is a 3 week course called Education and training for rescue on snow-covered lands. Medics, ski teachers and alpine guides are the trainers of this course. At the end of it, the apprentice will know how to rescue people with skis, snowmobiles and snow rackets.

Skiing Italian Red Cross army soldier on a chairlift
Alberto Carniel, a private of the Military Corps of the Red Cross, on a chairlift in Passo Rolle (Italy).

Cimon barracks

The course is organized by the Military Corps of the Red Cross at the memorable Cimon barracks in Passo Rolle (Italy). It is a training base for the alpine rescue troops of Guardia di Finanza and is located very close to ski runs.

Another important part of the training is orienteering, where professional alpine guides teach you how to orient in the most difficult situations: for example, during an ice storm.

Finally, the last part is the rescue training with snow rackets. It is very useful to know how to walk with snow rackets, because a rescuer cannot reach every place using ski or snowmobiles.


​As to my administrative role, I was a Project Manager at the Enlistments Core and Promotional Activities I.R.C. of Padua until June 2015.

Italian Red Cross Tie Your Tie project front page flyer
Front page of the Italian Red Cross "Tie Your Tie" project's flyer. The medical doctor is Carlo Salvò, the young Red Cross volunteer with a tie tied on is Barbara Polato, the ambulance technician is Alex Pavan and the private of the Military Corps of the Red Cross is Alberto Carniel.

Tie Your Tie - 2014

Tie Your Tie is an anti-alcohol project conceived from the idea that a person in state of alcohol intoxication is not able to tie his/her tie.

Tie Your Tie is a catchy play on words invented to intrigue those who have prejudices and are reluctant to be approached by the usual promotional anti-alcohol campaigns. This name raises the curiosity of people who will be stimulated to research new information and discover the real aim of the project.

We approach people who are exiting from pubs and night clubs, and invite them to tie a tie correctly. For the Red Cross team, it represents a new and innovative way to approach young people.

Besides, it creates a funny situation where we can use peer-education to teach people the legal and biological problems related to the abuse of alcohol. A tie is used like a “Trojan horse” to educate, but also to entertain drunk people as much as possible, before they start to drive.

Tie Your Tie is not only a simple play on words, but also an alternative educational strategy supported by the work of trained volunteers armed with technical tools such as alcohol-vision glasses, breathalyzers and questionnaires.

Tie Your Tie also reaches students in the Italian schools with lessons and interesting debates and uses different teaching methods, according to their age.