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The wider use of nurses compensated for the current reduction in the number of Air Force physicians. 1971 Capt. Susan R. Struck, a registered Air Force nurse serving in Vietnam, was the first female in the United States armed forces to win the right to remain on active duty after becoming pregnant. Air Force regulations did not permit women officers or enlisted women to give birth while on active duty, regardless of marital status. S. Supreme Court. A Roman Catholic, she refused to abort the fetus she was carrying and arranged for the baby’s adoption at birth.

It allowed the Air Force to double the number of new, inexperienced nurses accessed by decreasing the current training time from five to two and one half months, and to save costs associated with Permanent Change of Station moves. Under this program, most newly accessioned nurses remained at one of the six major medical centers where they had trained, decreasing the likelihood they would have to move upon completion of their training. This program replaced the Nurse Internship Program. Nurses began to manage Air Force clinics with physician oversight.

32 The first nurse-midwives to be graduated from a military training program completed their residency studies at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Their certifying examinations were through the American College of Nurse-Midwives. 1974 Nursing roles were expanded to include obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, primary care nurse practitioners (PCNPs), nursemidwives, environmental health nurses, community health, and educational coordinators. Capt. Flo Chesnick, a nurse with the 2d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, fires an M–60 machine gun during the Fourth Annual Staff Soldiers Cup, a survival test hosted by the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 1977.

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