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    Re: Army Announces Voluntary Recall of Retired Soldiers for COVID-19 Response

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    And if anybody is qualified, I would urge them to take them up on this. At least this way they have some control over where they end up.

    Here is something most people do not know. There are not 5 Uniform Services in the United States, there are 8. First is the regular 5 that everybody knows about. Then there is Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, then the Department of Commerce.

    If anybody has ever wondered why the Surgeon General wears a Navy Admiral's uniform, this is why. HHS is a Uniform Service. And yes, they have the power to draft individuals in time of need, and this certainly qualifies. The last time I know of that the HHS had put out a wide call for "volunteers" was after 9-11. But they can also draft people and put them to work in clinics and hospitals nationwide.

    At least if the military recalls you, you come under their rules. And especially if you already finished your 20 years, this will let you accrue even more retirement time. Otherwise, if the HHS grabs you at the end you just get a pat on the back and go back to civilian life.
    Veterans, by law, can be recalled up to the age of 65.

    The Uniformed services are;
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    Re: Army Announces Voluntary Recall of Retired Soldiers for COVID-19 Response

    Quote Originally Posted by Bum View Post
    Veterans, by law, can be recalled up to the age of 65.
    So can anybody who has or had certification in a health or medical field.

    That includes doctors and nurses. This is part of the Selective Service, and was most famously enacted during the Korean War, to provide the medical support needed. Anybody that read the book MASH would know about that. Most of the doctors in it (including Trapper John and Hawkeye) were drafted out of their private practices and put in uniform to serve in the conflict.

    The HHS can also draft them and put them to work, but in the past they were always put in the military because that was where they were needed, and they already had the infrastructure to train them and put them to work.
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    Re: Army Announces Voluntary Recall of Retired Soldiers for COVID-19 Response

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    So can anybody who has or had certification in a health or medical field.

    That includes doctors and nurses. This is part of the Selective Service, and was most famously enacted during the Korean War, to provide the medical support needed. Anybody that read the book MASH would know about that. Most of the doctors in it (including Trapper John and Hawkeye) were drafted out of their private practices and put in uniform to serve in the conflict.

    The HHS can also draft them and put them to work, but in the past they were always put in the military because that was where they were needed, and they already had the infrastructure to train them and put them to work.
    During my year in Vietnam I lived at SURGical hospital and I was friends with several doctors in that category. Most came in as O-3 but quite a few as Major or above depending upon their specialty. One orthopedic guy I knew used to let observers in to watch the surgery. I did it once broken leg case, very interesting to watch.

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