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September 26, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(4):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940210174013

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Spokesmen for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health and Medical Affairs have provided The Journal with certain additional information regarding the editorial in the September 5 issue entitled "Armed Forces Faced with Surplus of Medical Officers." This information will be of interest to physicians liable for military service. The spokesmen reported that several actions have been taken to minimize the impact on the military services of the large number of volunteers referred to in the earlier editorial. The principal actions taken, which it is said will mitigate the problem, involve the interservice transfer of volunteer physicians from the Army to the Navy and the Air Force and the postponement of active duty orders for the present for the majority of the 466 reservists commissioned in the Army through the August Selective Service draft call.

Defense officials stated that as a result of these actions almost two-thirds

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