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March 16, 1940

Government Services

JAMA. 1940;114(11):998. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110064019

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Army Experience for Physicians  Physicians under 35 years of age who are desirous of obtaining extended active duty with the army but who do not hold reserve commissions are being offered appointments in the Medical Corps Reserve in the grade of first lieutenant, in order to permit them to be placed on such duty. Captains and lieutenants are at present being offered excellent assignments throughout continental United States, and it is hoped that authority will be granted to permit some officers to go to Hawaii and Panama. In addition to having a new and busy experience in the practice of medicine, the average officer finds the pay and allowances attractive. The pay and allowances for a married first lieutenant amount to approximately $263 a month; for a single first lieutenant to approximately $225 a month; for a married captain to approximately §316 a month, and for a single captain to approximately $278 a month. In most cases the pay and allowances would apply, as government quarters are not usually available for officers on extended active duty. In the few instances in which government quarters are available, the amounts would be $40, $60, $60 and $80 less per month respectively. In addition, the officer is reimbursed for mileage traveled from his home to his station, and on completion of his tour of duty he is reimbursed similarly for the travel to his home.

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