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September 9, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(2):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920020105014

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Legislation calling for a registration of certain specialist personnel for the Armed Forces has passed both houses of Congress and probably will be signed by the President by the time this appears. It is expected that a large percentage of the physicians in the United States will be obliged to register. Under both bills the first group that will be called for active duty are those young physicians who received all or part of their medical training at government expense or who were deferred for other reasons. Many of these young physicians are willing to serve in the Armed Forces but are hesitant about volunteering for various reasons. A number of them are at present taking training as residents, and many are in their last year of such training.

If the Armed Forces follow their present policy, they will not call men in their last year of residency training but

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