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December 13, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(24):1845-1846. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610500035016

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The Military Committee of the House of Representatives, it is reported, has agreed on a peace-time regular army of 300,000 men and 18,000 officers. This number of officers, in excess of the actual needs of the army, was decided on in order to provide instructors for the national guard and reserve officers' training corps units. Probably, therefore, from 1,800 to 2,000 regular medical officers will be needed. The problem of securing young men for the Regular Medical Corps has long been a difficult one to solve; the need for a larger corps merely emphasizes the problem. At the present time the difficulty is increased because of the low pay, although undoubtedly this will be removed by a bill now before Congress which provides for a 30 per cent, increase in pay and emoluments. This means compensation which will compare favorably with the income of the majority of civilian practitioners. But

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