Is There a Doctor on the Base?

Military Physicians

10,853 U.S. physicians and dentists served in Korea, fewer than half via the “doctor draft.”

30,000 U.S. physicians and dentists served in Vietnam. Only 100 had been drafted.

Today, the U.S. Army has 4,200 physicians on active duty worldwide.

There are 32 active U.S. military doctors serving the 25,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

There are 96 physicians, 18 general surgeons, and 9 orthopedic surgeons serving the 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.

The U.S. Army has 2 pediatric surgeons.

20 children are seen at the Bagram Air Base hospital in Afghanistan each month.

The U.S. National Guard is offering health care professionals $30,000 in bonuses for three-year commitments.

Canada offers medical officers enlistment bonuses of up to $225,000.


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