While the combat medic may seem very similar to the doctor, they are actually quite different, if complementary, professions, and a master of both will be highly prized. That said, the combat medic is more focused on treating wounds at a range, instead of close-up. This enables you to be more effective in combat, because you may not always have the luxury of being right next to someone who needs healing. Ranged treatment also allows you to stay further from combat, keeping you safe from harm. Additionally, the combat medic can damage opponents with noxious treatments, if he so chooses.
The novice combat medic gains the apply poison ability, along with the ability to make health poison delivery units, action poison delivery units, mind poison delivery units, and ranged stimpacks. Combat medics start with five bonus points to healing range, ranged injury treatment speed, combat medicine use, and combat medic effectiveness, as well as 20-point bonuses to combat medicine assembly and combat medicine experimentation.
Ranged Healing Distance
If you want to be able to even call yourself a combat medic in anything but name alone, then you will need to practice and master ranged healing distance. Otherwise you will have to continually get close to your teammates in order to heal them, and that will put you in danger and cause them to have to wait longer for necessary life-saving medicine.
Ranged Healing Speed
What good is being able to heal your allies at a distance if you are only able to do it at a snail's pace? Well, in order to be able to heal your allies without having to sit around for a minute between heals, you will also need to master the art of ranged healing speed, as this will enable you to heal more allies faster.
Combat Medicine Crafting
While this discipline may be called combat medicine crafting, medicine won't be all that you are crafting. By studying combat medicine crafting you will be able to heal all allies that are near you, as well as craft stimpacks that are capable of delivering disease or poison to the enemies around you. Naturally this can make many battles go much smoother for your allies, when you are able to damage all the nearby enemies so directly.
Combat Medic Support
Combat Medic Support will increase the effectiveness of each stimpack or other medicine delivery unit. As a result you should increase this skill whenever you are able. After all, what good is being able to heal someone from a distance and quickly, if you're only healing for the minimum amount each time?
When either the Rebellion or the Empire needs something destroyed, or a tough job carried out, they hire a commando. A commando is a warrior who has mastered the ways of both ranged and basic unarmed combat. He learns to fight more effectively using a number of specialty and explosive devices, like rocket launchers, acid rifles, and thermal detonators. He is the elite soldier, the one who stands out amongst the rank and file troops of an army.
A novice commando learns to manufacture advanced explosives, use flamethrowers, acid rifles, and thrown weapons more effectively in combat, and gains certifications in a broad range of advanced weaponry.
This discipline allows a commando to use a number of different thrown weapons in combat, as well as giving him skill bonuses to use them more effectively. It also includes a number of basic defensive bonuses.
Heavy Weapons Support
This discipline gives bonuses to a commando's speed and accuracy with a range of heavy weapons, as well as certifications in a number of advanced heavy weapons, such as particle beam cannons.
The flamethrower specialization discipline gives bonuses to speed and accuracy with flamethrowers, as well as a number of special attacks.
Acid Rifle Specialization
Commandos studying this discipline will gain improvements to their skill with acid rifles, as well as a number of special acid rifle attacks. They will also learn to manufacture a few advanced forms of explosives.
Those earning the level of master commando are some of the galaxy's elite soldiers, gaining bonuses to their skill with heavy rocket launchers and thrown weapons, some advanced special attacks, and certification to allow them to use the devastating proton grenade.