The Procurement of Physicians for the United States Armed Forces
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS
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The magnitude of the problems present in the procurement of physicians for the United States Armed Forces is presented. The Doctors Draft and the objections to the Doctors Draft are discussed. The historical background of the Berry Plan is presented. Its favorable points and general acceptance is discussed. The All-Volunteer Armed Forces concept is presented and discussed. A special presidential task force to solve the problems of physician recruitment has been suggested and is presented. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as proposed by Representative Hebert in his bill H. R. 2, is presented. The current shortage of doctors in the United States is discussed. The One-Army concept with the combined capabilities of the Active and Reserve components is presented with a statement by General Westmoreland, Army Chief of Staff. The problems of the retention of physicians in the United States Armed Forces is discussed,and the reasons why doctors get out is presented. The conclusions drawn would indicate that an All-Volunteer Army concept, though desirable, seems unlikely to succeed unless new methods of procurement are instituted. The inactment of Congressman Heberts H. R. 2, to establish a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, seems to be a logical and desirable solution.