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    Plan to Slash Military Medical Billets Based on Faulty Analysis, Federal Watchdog Says

    Plan to Slash Military Medical Billets Based on Faulty Analysis, Federal Watchdog Says

    The Defense Department's to cut 12,801 medical positions from the DoD, Army, Navy and was built on inadequate assessments, a shortcoming that could affect patient care, including treatment for service members during wartime, a new Government Accountability Office report finds.

    The watchdog agency report released Tuesday said the department still has not “fully or consistently assessed the effects of potential reductions.” In 2019, the Pentagon proposed to eliminate more than 17,000 uniformed medical billets – including 10,739 doctors, dentists, nurses, corpsmen and medics — but the figure was later reduced by roughly 4,500 positions due to further analysis and attrition.

    The idea was that some billets would be repurposed as operational billets — combat or combat support jobs — while leaner medical staffs provided care for all personnel and dependents in some locations. Other family members and retirees were to be shifted to civilian care through the Tricare network.

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    According to the GAO, the department used wartime scenarios to determine how many active-duty medical personnel it would need but didn't actually define the requirements before proposing the cuts. The DoD also failed to factor in challenges with recruitment or retention when determining the size of its medical…

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