Career planning in the Medical Service Corps: assessing the validity of current guidelines through a comparative analysis of duty tours and training schools.
Finley, Leslie K.
Crawford, Alice M.
Roberts, Benjamin J.
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This thesis examines whether or not a more refined career path can be established for Medical Service Corps officers in the United States Navy. Historical duty tour and service school distribution patterns are analyzed to detect relationships between a Medical Service Corps officer's rank and particular duty tour types. Specifically, the patterns in U.S. hospital tours, clinic tours, overseas tours, full-time duty under instruction tours, ship tours, overseas- homeported ship tours, recruiting tours, and tours in the Washington D.C. area are investigated. Results indicate that ship tours, Washington D.C. area tours, clinic tours, and U.S. hospital tours are most related to specific officer grades (rank), and that these relationships vary according to a Medical Service Corps officer's specialty and (to a lesser extent) gender.
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