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April 24, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(17):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890340029014

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PROGRAM FOR RESERVE OFFICERS  A committee of scientists and engineers who hold commissions in the Organized Reserve Corps met at the Pentagon Building March 26-27 to consider the Army's proposed research and development reserve program. The committee approved the contemplated program and recommended its immediate establishment; it recommended also procedures for optimum use of the technologic skills of all reserve officers engaged in the medical, biologic, physical and engineering sciences. With Brig. Gen. Norman W. Lack of Wilmington, Del., as chairman, the committee included representatives of various aspects of research, both governmental and industrial, scientific societies and educational institutions.Under the proposed program, reserve officers who are professional scientists would be enabled to pool their knowledge for concentrated attack on Army research and development problems; it is contemplated that the program will result in effective mobilization assignments for key scientists to insure rapid mobilization in event of emergency.

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