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October 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(16):1364-1365. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420056020

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ONE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR REGISTRANTS  A single physical examination for Selective Service registrants, in lieu of the present dual examinations conducted by local board physicians and Army induction stations, will be the procedure followed throughout the country by Jan. 1, 1942, National Headquarters, Selective Service System, has announced. A major advantage, National Headquarters said, is that registrants will know, almost for a certainty, that if they pass physical examination under the new system they will be inducted into the armed forces. The new program also will relieve in part the burden on thousands of private practitioners who have been conducting the examinations of registrants at local boards and who have been serving on a voluntary basis, it was asserted. War Department action will make possible the one examination system throughout the nation, Selective Service Headquarters said.The plan for the single examination provides that each state be divided into districts,

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