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November 23, 1940

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1940;115(21):1806-1810. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810470050017

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Abstract

THE NAVAL RESERVE  The Secretary of the Navy has stated that naval reservists are serving in practically every type of ship of the fleet and in administrative duties ashore. Since the emergency proclamation by the President, Sept. 8, 1939, the officers and men of the Naval Reserve, excepting men of the Fleet Reserve, have reported for duty on a voluntary basis. The rapid acquisition of ships for auxiliaries, patrol and harbor defense duties necessitated, however, placing the organized Naval Reserve on a compulsory basis, which the Secretary of the Navy did October 5. The Navy Department indicated that, as of Oct. 26, 1940, 2,500 Naval Reserve officers of all classes were on duty and 4,000 enlisted men, not including the Fleet Reserve.The Naval Reserve has numerous projects under way at this time, giving officers and men special training, with active duty available for all candidates who volunteer on completion

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