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PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 38-APR . 16, 1947 Appointment of (C) Commissioned officers of the Army Nurse Corps, Regular Army, shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from female citizens of the United States who have attained the age of twenty-one years. Original appoint- ments other than appointments made under sections 103, 104, and 105 shall be made only in the grade of second lieutenant from female per- sons not over twenty-eight years of age on the date of nomination by the President, who are graduates of hospital or university training schools, who are registered nurses, and who possess such physical and other qualifications as may be prescribed by the Secretary of War. W omen's Medical SEC. 102. (a) Effective the date of enactment of this Act, there is established in the Medical Department of the Regular Army, a Women's Medical Specialist Corps, which shall consist of a Dietitian Section, a Physical Therapist Section, and an Occupational Therapist Section, and which shall perform such services as may be prescribed Authorized stregth. by the Secretary of War. The authorized strength of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps, Regular Army, shall be in the ratio of nine- tenths of a member thereof to every one thousand persons in the total authorized strength of the Regular Army, but not less than a minimum authorized strength as follows: Twenty-four officers in permanent commissioned grade of major and three hundred and eighty-five other officers in permanent commissioned grades of captain to second lieu- ncrease ostrength. tenant, inclusive. Any increase over and above the aforesaid mini- mum authorized strength shall be in permanent commissioned grades of captain to second lieutenant, inclusive. (b) From the officers permanently commissioned in such Women's iedfcal o pecialist Medical Specialist Corps, the Secretary of War shall appoint (1) the Corps. Chief of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps, who shall serve as such Chief during his pleasure, and who, without vacation of her perma- nent grade, shall have the temporary rank, pay, and allowances of a colonel while so serving and (2) three Assistant Chiefs of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps, who shall be the chiefs of the sections of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps, to serve as such Assistant Chiefs during his pleasure, and who, without vacation of their permanent grades, shall have the temporary rank, pay, and allowances of a lieutenant colonel while so serving. Appointment of cotDissioucd officers. (c) Commissioned officers of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps, Regular Army, shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from female citizens of the United States, who have attained the age of twenty-one years. Original appointments other than appointments under sections 103, 104, and 105 hereof shall be made only in the grade of second lieutenant from female persons not over twenty-eight years of age on the date of nomination by the President and who possess such physical and Time limitation. other qualifications as may be prescribed by the Secretary of War. SEC. 103. (a) Prior to a date one year following the date of enact- ment of this Act, each of the persons specified below shall be tendered an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Army Nurse Corps, Regular Army, established by this Act, in a grade as prescribed in section 104 hereof. This provision applies to each person who, on the date of enact- ment of this Act, is serving honorably on active duty as a member, other than as Reserve nurse, of the Army Nurse Corps created by 1OU.S . C. §§ 161otet ofi Stat. 163, 782, 783, 850. chapter V of the Act of July 9, 1918 (40 Stat. 879), as amended, regardless of whether such person is also serving under an appoint- 50u-. . C. app. ment made pursuant to the Act of June 22, 1944 (58 Stat. 324), and §§ 1591-1598.o regardless of the age of such person. Qualifications. (b) Until a date one year following the date of enactment of this Act any person who is a female citizen of the United States, who is 42 [61 STAT.