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December 7, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(23):2003-2009. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810490059016

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Participation of the Medical Department of the Army  Uppermost in the minds of all physicians at present is undoubtedly the question of national defense. The medical departments of the armed forces must plan to meet the immediate twofold problem of furnishing an adequatemedical service to the men of our unprecedented peacetime Army and Navy, and of training the large number of Medical Department trainees who, at the expiration of their twelve months military service, will pass to the Enlisted Reserve Corps. They will furnish the trained personnel required for mobilization in the event of a national emergency. The Surgeon General of the Army has furnished the following outline regarding the participation of the Medical Department of the Army in the 1940-1941 military training program:

THE NEED FOR PERSONNEL  The total strength of the army of the United States next spring will be approximately 1,400,000.

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