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April 14, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(15):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150035010

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 995) appears a condensation of the testimony of Surg. Gen. Thomas Parran of the United States Public Health Service before the House Committee on Military Affairs. This statement reviews the development, organization and accomplishments of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps.

This corps is probably the most successful recruitment effort of the war. During the first year the number of graduates was relatively small, totaling 1,206. During the current fiscal year this number will be increased to 9,165. In following years there will be sharp increases in graduates, totaling over 25,000 in 1945-1946 and over 35,000 in 1946-1947.

The Cadet Nurse Corps was organized for students who pledged to "engage in essential nursing, military or civilian, for the duration of the war." Despite the fact that military duty is not required of the graduates, 40 per cent of the graduates during the first eighteen months of

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