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November 10, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1612-1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460038012

As most of our readers are aware, an amendment was introduced into Congress at the recent session which, if it had been adopted, would have given the medical officers in the Army the same rank that prevails in the Medical Corps of the Navy. Specifically the amendment provided that there should be twentyfive one-hundredths of 1 per cent. of major-generals, the same proportion of brigadier-generals, 4 per cent. of colonels, 8 per cent, of lieutenant-colonels, 23.5 per cent, of majors, 32 per cent, of captains, and 32 per cent. of lieutenants, this to apply to both the regular and the reserve corps men. Thus, if there are 10,000 medical officers in active service, there might be 25 major-generals, 25 brigadier-generals, 400 colonels, 800 lieutenant-colonels, 2,350 majors, 3,200 captains and 3,200 first lieutenants. This amendment lapsed without action by the ending of the session. The substance of the amendment, however, will

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