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October 21, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(8):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080095018

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Timetable for Procurement of Physicians  Less than one week after President Truman issued the doctor-draft proclamation, Selective Service laid down its timetable for procurement of military physicians, dentists and veterinarians. December 1 is the target date. On that day local Selective Service boards will be expected to send to state directors their "reports of availability and summary of classification." Totaled at state and national levels, these reports will show how many of the registrants are liable for military service—men who have not been deferred. Induction orders will then begin in volume.There is no assurance things will turn out just this way, but this is the plan. The expectation is that the first large groups of orders will not go out before December 1, although there may be a few involuntary inductions earlier. Even after receipt of orders to report, registrants will have 21 days to settle their personal affairs

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