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March 14, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(11):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110011003

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Large Draft Call for MDs.—  The Defense Department issued a regular draft call for 2,496 physicians who will go into service in July, August, and September for two-year hitches as commissioned officers. They will come from this spring's graduating intern class.A previous special draft call requested 1,529 physicians for the first half of this year, bringing the total going into the service this year to 4,025. The special draft call last fall affected some men serving as residents, but the latest call will not.The last regular draft call at this time last year was for 1,085 men.Students and medical school deans may request special deferments.Sign-up date for the Berry Plan—under which interns may take the required residency training for their specialties as long as they have agreed to serve in the military afterwards—was last November.The large draft call, required by the military buildup in Vietnam,

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