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Thread: Step one to a unified Armed Forces

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    R BOB TEACHOUT
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    Step one to a unified Armed Forces

    What would you think of professionals such as Lawyers, Doctors, Chaplains, come directly under the DOD - and then attached to the different services. So one tour might be with the Army, the next with the Navy, another might be with the Navy....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SALTY View Post
    What would you think of professionals such as Lawyers, Doctors, Chaplains, come directly under the DOD - and then attached to the different services. So one tour might be with the Army, the next with the Navy, another might be with the Navy....

    I retired in 1995. For as long as I can remember all of the professionals fall under the DOD. Doctors are in the Medical Corp. Lawyers are with the JAG in all branches. RN's, LPN's and Chaplin’s are just like any other Sailor, Soldier, Airman, Marine, or Coast Guard, Reserves, National Guard. All under DOD. They all serve in the desired branches requested by the Service Members.

    One difference is Doctors do not take basic training. They are Recruited according to Medical Specialty, for instance a Surgeon maybe hired as a LTC, A Cardio Doctor might be hired as a Col. A school trained RN goes in as a Capt. and a LPN as a 2ndLT strictly for pay reasons. Other specialties such as XRay Tech starts out as a E5 Sgt. These are just samples on how the system works.

    Not sure if this is still in effect but there was a time a new enlistee can join the Military under the CAST (Civilian Acquired Skills Training) program. Lets say if you were a trained and certified as a State Certified Mechanic for Heavy Equipment. You can probably negotiate PFC E3 and skip over E1 and E2.
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