Nine Line Medevac - What Is Nine Line?

Nine Line Medevac - What Is Nine Line? - Nine Line Apparel

Recently, we have been asked why our company is called Nine Line Apparel. This is why we are Nine Line:

9 Line is a military term that Medevacs use for calling in a combat injury. Because it is such a stressful and sometimes hectic situation, 9 line is the best way to calmly and accurately report that a soldier needs medical attention. It is very important that the information needed is communicated clearly to ensure that the soldier gets the care that he or she needs in a timely manner.

The important steps to make sure this procedure is handled correctly are:

Step 1: Return fire/render the scene safe- Before attempting to call in a 9Line MEDEVAC the scene must be rendered safe. Personnel should not reduce the overall efficacy of the force’s firepower to call in a 9Line.

Step 2: Care under fire- Once fire superiority has been established medical personnel can begin care under fire. In this step medical personnel and medically trained operators can begin to tend to life threatening wounds while maintaining security.

Step 3: Determine number of patients by type- this is not only important information to have when calling in the 9line but it will also allow medical personnel to properly triage patients based on their medical condition and chances of living. In this step critically wounded personnel are identified and consolidated in the event there is limited space on incoming MEDEVAC platforms.

Step 4: Contact MEDEVAC channel- while rending the scene safe is important, getting the MEDEVAC out is also extremely important. MEDEVAC units will have varied response times but giving them notification of the situation as soon as possible will help reduce their time to station. If the operating element has a BFT this should be hit as soon as possible to let supporting units know of the emergency taking place. Again, operating personnel should practice radioing for help as part of their response to an attack.

Step 5: Using 9 Line MEDEVAC format to call in MEDEVAC- The first 5 lines are most important when calling in a MEDEVAC, the other 4 can be relayed when birds are in the air. Ensure you have a safe LZ for the landing party.

Important: no matter what the situation on the ground the radio operator should remain calm and collected at all costs. Personnel calling in a MEDEVAC while in a state of panic may relay incorrect information or speak in a manner that is incomprehensible over the radio. Remember, responding units will not come any faster if the RTO is calling the 9Line in an excitable manner.

This is the format for calling in a 9 Line:

Line 1. Location of the pick-up site.

Line 2. Radio frequency, call sign, and suffix.

Line 3. Number of patients by precedence:
A - Urgent
B - Urgent Surgical
C - Priority
D - Routine
E - Convenience

Line 4. Special equipment required:
A - None
B - Hoist
C - Extraction equipment
D - Ventilator

Line 5. Number of patients:
A - Litter
B - Ambulatory

Line 6. Security at pick-up site:
N - No enemy troops in area
P - Possible enemy troops in area (approach with caution)
E - Enemy troops in area (approach with caution)
X - Enemy troops in area (armed escort required)
* In peacetime - number and types of wounds, injuries, and illnesses

Line 7. Method of marking pick-up site:
A - Panels
B - Pyrotechnic signal
C - Smoke signal
D - None
E - Other

Line 8. Patient nationality and status:
A - US Military
B - US Civilian
C - Non-US Military
D - Non-US Civilian
E - EPW

Line 9. NBC Contamination:
N - Nuclear
B - Biological
C - Chemical* In peacetime - terrain description of pick-up site

Nine Line Apparel also has a 9 Line Medevac shirt for sale if you are interested in purchasing it on our website. We are so grateful that things like these organizational methods are put in place to ensure that those wounded in combat get the correct medical attention and possibly even save their lives. 


45 comments


  • Camichevski

    What the ladies use to call me… has been shortened more recently to “Niner”.

    I heard from an old NCO of mine that 9-line was first used by AA troops… referred to the 9 mill static line they used to rap from the bird for medevac contact or AA troop deployment.


  • James Dixon

    I’m an retired Navy OR nurse. Thanks for your patriotism and remembering our nations military vets and 1st responders.


  • Alba Etie

    We saw y’all on MSNBC . We live in Austin Texas environs . It’s possible we could put you all in direct conversations with Senator Cornyn’s office . Could you pls forward who you would want Senator Cornyn ‘s office to interface with at 9
    Lines .
    Meanwhile have you all thought about crowd sourcing funding for your R & D and production .
    Many of us are sheltering in place at home .
    We want to help .
    God Speed to 9 Lines .


  • Jerry Machurick

    Thanks for the explanation. Currently finishing 40th year in law enforcement. Served 6 in US Air Force. I have a collection of your shirts and applaud your company for their continued support and products. Thanks.


  • Abraham Elam

    Been buying NINE LINE for 4 years…damn good quality and variety….ive had people ask me what it meant…kinda neat spelling it out for everyone brothers


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