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NCO's as Medical Officers

Thu Apr 14, 2016 05:51

Hi in researching a US Army Cavalry unit of the 1930's, I noticed that within the 11th Cavalry which was stationed at the Presido of Monterey, California between 1919 to 1940, under the Medical section, it shows that the Post Surgeon is a LTC; however 1st Lt's, Staff Sergants, Sergants, and a few privates are listed with the intiails of "MD, or MC" behind their names.

Can you tell me whether the Army during the 1930 had Medical Officers, and Physicians holding the grade of a junior officer, or NCO, or whether this is a typo on the part of the 11th Cavalry.

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Re: NCO's as Medical Officers

Sat Apr 16, 2016 15:21


NCOs did not act as physicians. The designation MC after the names simply represents "Medical Corps" (or similar MAC = Medical Administrative Corps, etc.)

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Re: NCO's as Medical Officers

Fri Jan 25, 2019 07:07

MD, in US Army usage of the period, denoted Medical Department (which encompassed not only Medical Corps, but also, Dental, Sanitary, Veterinary, Medical Administrative, and Nurse Corps, as well as all associated enlisted specialties) and not the academic degree of Doctor of Medicine. This is an unfortunate source of confusion to the uninitiated.

Actual medical officers of the interwar period were appointed initially at the grade of First Lieutenant (Medical Corps) or higher -- abbreviated 1st Lieut,, MC during those days. Current US Army usage differs somewhat with rank abbreviations and branch nomenclature (e.g.: the old Sanitary Corps and Medical Administrative Corps have been consolidated into the Medical Services Corps in the post-WW2 Army).

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