Recruitment of Military Physicians Falling

In normal times many medical students finance their education by joining the military. The military pays their way through school, including a $1,300 per month stipend on top of school expenses, in return for a commitment to serve one year for each year they receive assistance. American Medical News reports that Iraq has had an effect on recruitment of physicians. While the Air Force continues to meet its goals (which are lower than the other branches), the Army and Navy are having difficulties in recruitment of docotrs. In 2003 the Army awarded scholarships to 111% of their goal. This was mildly low at 98% in 2004, and had fallen to 77% in 2005. The Navy met 99% of their goal in 2003, 88% in 2004, and only 56% in 2005.

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