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Army Uniform Requirement Question

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by texdrake, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. texdrake

    texdrake Stand-Up Philosopher
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    I had a quick question. I purchased my first BDU and am in the process of putting the name tapes on it.

    The person I was with said I need the Medical Services sew on patch (The caducces with the M and S), but I was wondering if that is correct. Should I be using just the Medical Corp ones? (Caducces with the M). Please let me know the soonest as it is not to late to call the seamstress...yet...
     
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  3. idq1i

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    Yep, MS is right. The M is for PAs et al.
     
  4. AMPage

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    I went to get my uniforms with my recruiter and he told me the same thing... i was also suspicious about it but i looked around on the internet, and that's correct... it's medical service corps until we graduate.
     
  5. pilotdoc

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    Here's the breakdown-

    plain caduseus (no letter at all) - medical corps
    MS-medical service corps (admin, pilots, podiatrists,social workers, etc) -worn by HPSP/USUHS until graduation
    S-specialist corps-PA, physical therapist
    N-nurse corps
    D-dental corps
    V-veterinary corps
     
  6. flighterdoc

    flighterdoc Rocket Scientist
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    When did PA's go to MedSpecialist? They used to be MSC also, if I recall.
     
  7. denali

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    PA's have been SP since they converted from being WO's.
     
  8. flighterdoc

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    When did THAT happen?

    Times sure have changed since the 18 months I spent in the army guard between Active AF and ANG. BTW, I was an MSC, kept the docs out of trouble. :laugh: :laugh:
     
  9. denali

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    I wanna say around 1990 or so. I came on active duty first in '94 as a Med PL and my PA was an O3 who had converted only a couple years before.
     
  10. flighterdoc

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    How about that.

    When I first joined the AF (1977) as an enlisted guy, I had a PA (PA Marshall) at Sheppard AFB who I wound up seeing for something or other. Sheppard was his residency or whatever. He was a 2LT (the AF had just gotten rid of WO's that year)

    Then, I went TDY to Chanute AFB for a couple of weeks, and came down with terrible flu. Went to the clinic, and PA Marshall was there. 1LT.

    Then, I went to Germany, and PA Marshall was there (less than a year after Chanute) PA Marshall was a Capt.

    I got comissioned and went to UPT, then went back to Spangdahlem (2 years later). PA Marshall was there, Maj. Fastest promotions I ever saw. I didn't have anything to do with him once I was on flight status, but we'd have the occasional adult beverage in the club.

    I really hadnt heard about the Army comissioning PAs. Good for them.
     
  11. denali

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    Yeah, actually I ran into one of my former squad leaders the other day, back from Iraq. When I was his PL I wrote his recommendation letter to the Interservice PA Program. Last week I was saluting him as I'm now a 2LT again and he's a brand new CPT. Good for him; he's a good guy.
     
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    Back to the original topic of the thread. Can anyone tell me what the unit shoulder patch should be? What is it at USUHS for the army? Thanks.
     
  13. texdrake

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    Its just a plain Caduccess (or however the hell that is spelled) I believe, but I don't think you have to have one....until you graduate.
     
  14. idq1i

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    Can't vouch for the USUHS, but our BDUs get it...the subdued variety (dark gold/black outline)
     
  15. denali

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    Your Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) is determined by the unit you're assigned to. If you're an HPSP student, I don't think you can go wrong using the MEDCOM SSI (sometimes the packages say HSC for Health Services Command). It's a maroon, oval shaped patch with white piped edges and what looks like a stylized white caduceus in the middle of it. The subdued version looks similar, just done in black and olive drab. USUHS students wear the USUHS SSI.
     

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