The personnel policy of the Army, as published in Department of the Army directives, is based on the premise that the individual is the most important single asset in any army. This policy attempts to clarify and improve the daily working relationships between each person and unit by fully recognizing the dignity and importance of the individual. Thus the Army may operate as an integrated team for national defense.
Department of the Army directives have placed the responsibility for career planning for all Medical Department personnel with the Surgeon General. Basic career assignment patterns for the officers of the Medical Department have been prepared and are in operation.
Medical Corps officers become thoroughly competent, through training and experience, in their desired fields of specialization to the limits of the medical specialist requirements and their own individual ability. When a career pattern has been chosen and finally determined for the individual
WERGELAND FL. TRAINING AND CAREER MANAGEMENT IN THE MEDICAL CORPS. JAMA. 1950;143(13):1133–1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910480005002
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