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July 15, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(11):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910460060016

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New Selective Service Orders  The President's order putting Selective Service into effect makes important changes in the status of reserve officers, medical officers included. From now on the three services themselves have the authority to call up reserves, with or without their consent. Until the President's order they did not have this authority. However, every indication now is that no reserves will be called up against their wishes unless and until the manpower situation grows a great deal more critical.The air force has issued a statement detailing the classes of enlisted men and officers urgently needed. Medical officers are included. The navy issued a statement, but made no mention of medical officers. A similar statement is forthcoming from the army, and expectations are that it will specify medical officers. These are merely appeals to reserves—officers and enlisted men—to volunteer for active duty. Incidentally, under navy policy all honorably discharged

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