Medical News Letter, Vol. 26, No. 5 p. 24
Friday, September 20, 1957
Information for Medical Officers Medical officers are encouraged to attend one of the following courses of instruction in the indoctrination of the defensive aspects of atomic, biological, and chemical warfare. Each course is five weeks in duration.
Two weeks are devoted to atomic warfare defense; two weeks to biological chemical warfare defense; and the fifth week to the planning and damage control aspects of special weapons handling. Secret clearance is required for all or any phase of the courses, and prospective students should familiarize themselves with the contents of OpNav Instruction 5510. 1A. Additional information on the courses may be found in BuPers Instruction 1500. 25 and BuPers Notice 1500 of 10 May 1955. Requests for attendance should be processed m accordance with local instructions. Convening dates for the remainder of Fiscal Year 1956 are contained in the directives above.
1 U.S. Naval Schools Command, Treasure Island, Calif. This course is offered for fleet and shore based personnel and convenes approximately every two weeks.
2 U . S. Naval Unit, Chemical Corps School, Fort McClellan, Ala. This course is offered primarily for shore based personnel and convenes approximately every four weeks.
3 U.S. Naval Damage Control Center, Philadelphia, Pa. This course is offered primarily for fleet personnel and convenes approximately every four weeks.
Any officer whose duties or prospective duties require a knowledge of ABCD is eligible to attend the above courses. Therefore, a considerable amount of material is included in the courses other than strictly medical aspects. However, this background material is considered essential for a clear understanding of the role of the medical officer in passive defense. (ProfDiv, BuMed)