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February 20, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(8):697. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420059021

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Doctor Draft Registrants May Be Reassigned to Ready Reserve Units.—  Major Gen. George E. Armstrong, the Surgeon General, announces that reserve physicians and dentists who are not currently under orders for active military duty may join the Ready Reserve Units of the Army Medical Service. This will be accomplished by permitting the special registrants under the "Doctor-Draft" act and others who are in a U. S. Army Reserve Control Group to be transferred immediately to fill an authorized vacancy in a Ready Reserve Unit. Formerly, such a reassignment was prohibited prior to the completion of a tour of extended active duty. Although transferred, the officer will still be subject to an order to active duty without his consent as a person classified under the doctor draft and will be subject, too, to an order to active duty as a member of the unit. The transfer is entirely voluntary and

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