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December 30, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(18):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850530032012

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The Medical Corps of the Army will be slightly reduced in size in the near future. The statement by Surgeon General Kirk elsewhere in this issue explains that a moderate reduction in the number of Medical Corps officers is necessary if the Medical Department is to remain within the currently allotted ceiling for personnel. At present the need for senior administrative officers is less than it was earlier in the war. Many factors are considered in the release of medical officers, such as physical fitness, age, professional competence and available positions. To provide proper consideration of the qualifications of a man in relation to his essentiality in the war effort, a board of officers was recently appointed by the Office of the Surgeon General to review each case. The board after suitable study will no doubt recommend a number of separations from the service.

Regular Medical Corps officers will be

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