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July 7, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(10):739-740. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860270041017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)July 2, 1945.

Public Health Service Personnel Get Military Status  President Truman has by executive order given 3,000 U. S. Public Health Service members military status for the duration of the war. This action was taken under authority of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 and is effective July 21. The Public Health Service has no enlisted personnel, and its commissioned corps of around 3,000 includes physicians, dentists, sanitary engineers, pharmacists and other scientists and nurses. The President's order gives this personnel the same status, benefits, discipline and obligations of members of military establishments and provides uniformity in status and in discipline as between various members of the U. S. Public Health Service commissioned corps. Formerly some officers acquired veteran status while others did not, depending on their assignments. The order does not transfer administration of the Public Health Service either to the

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