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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Policy on Deferment of Hospital Residents During 1951.—
To meet the needs of the armed services, practically all the physicians, dentists and veterinarians in Priorities 1 and 2 will need to enter service in the relatively near future, according to the National Advisory Committee to the Selective Service System. How soon the last of them will be required is impossible to state at the present time. But according to the law Priority 1 must be exhausted, either by call to active military duty or by Selective Service deferment, before individuals in Priority 2, except for those who volunteer for immediate active duty, can be called.There are, however, within Priority 2, and even within Priority 1, a few persons who should be deferred because they are essential for teaching, for research, for public health services, or because they are rendering essential medical or dental services in isolated
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1951;145(11):837. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290063019