April 3, 1954


Author Affiliations

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health and Medical) Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1954;154(14):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480050018

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To the Editor:—  It has been recommended by the Health Resources Advisory Committee, Office of Defense Mobilization, to the Selective Service System that after July 1, 1955, "all those physicians with obligations for military service obtain commissions during their internships and that the Department of Defense then request delay in call to active duty for those for whom they recommend additional training." The Selective Service System will give consideration to such a plan and will cooperate in recommending to its local boards concerning the advisability of deferment in such individual cases. We hope that this, together with the "Matching Plan" being formulated by this office in conjunction with Selective Service System, will provide a plan whereby our present postgraduate educational standards will be upheld and civilian hospitals as well as the three military services will gain added benefits and protection.To replace those officers who have completed their obligatory service

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