“The Army, Navy and Air Force are finalizing plans to eliminate over the next few years more than 17,000 uniformed medical billets — physicians, dentists, nurses, technicians, medics and support personnel.”
“The reduction will allow those billets to be repurposed as warfighters or combat-support skills to increase the lethality and size of operational units. Another goal is to deepen the workload of remaining medical billets at base hospitals and clinics to strengthen their wartime medical skills and also to improve quality of care for beneficiaries, defense officials explained…”
“Top defense officials agreed to discuss reasons behind the planned staff cuts for the military health care system, but declined to confirm any numbers for medical slots targeted, which some service officials did share, because no figures will be firm until the fiscal 2020 defense budget request is approved…” Read the full article here.
Source: More than 17,000 uniformed medical jobs eyed for elimination – By Tom Philpott, January 10, 2019. Stars and Stripes.