Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by USN16x, Jan 12, 2019 at 3:47 PM.
I doubt it gets to 1700 but with the number of civilians and contractors doing Corpsmen and Medic jobs in MTFs, it’s no wonder some bean counter determined the medical billets could be transferred to big Army, Navy, and AirForce. In the late 80s Navy Medicine played around with associate degree nurses filling warrant officer billets. It didn’t work out so an effort to make Independent Duty Corpsmen warrant officers emerged. The old time E-9 mafia didn’t want to trade starred anchors for a skinny bar so it was shot down. Physician Assistants were transitioning to the Medical Service Corps and the warrant billets were absorbed by Big Navy, thus leaving Navy Corpsmen with no path to warrant officer.
Hospital Corpsman is the largest rating in the Navy with around 30,000 Sailors in the Hospital Corps, the only enlisted Corps in the USN. Losing 60o or so HMs will probably not be a big deal in the big picture.
I think the numbers were 17,000 total and nearly 6000 from the Navy according to the article.
I don’t understand how cutting staff will lead to better patient outcomes and more experience for providers. Speaking for the Army side of the house a lot of docs, nurses, and other healthcare workers are spooked. If this whole DHA take-over is in the name of “ increasing lethality and readiness” maybe we should work on coverting more MTF’s into level 1 trauma centers since there’s only one in the whole DoD...
Yep, my 600 should have been 6000.
Doesn't make much sense. It's already hard enough to schedule a visit.
Well, I guess it does make dollars, just not sense or better care...
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