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November 19, 1949


JAMA. 1949;141(12):850-852. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910120038017

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HIGHER PAY APPROVED FOR ARMY PHYSICIANS  The recently passed Career Compensation Act of 1949 raises the income of medical officers. Major General R. W. Bliss, the Surgeon General, points out that a physician who has completed his internship may be commissioned as a first lieutenant, either in the Regular Army or in the Medical Corps Reserve, and now receive total pay and emoluments amounting to $473.88 a month (if married or with dependents) or $458.88 a month (if single and without dependents). These figures compare with former pay totals of $417 and $361, respectively.A physician who has acquired sufficient professional experience and who can meet the other requirements may be commissioned directly as a captain or higher. A captain's pay, with emoluments, in the Medical Corps, is now $546 (with dependents) or $531 (without dependents), as against $462 and $426, respectively. On completion of four years of

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