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LANDSTUHL, Germany — For the first time, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center now has an Army medical recruiting office in an effort to get troops to become doctors, nurses, dentists and others in the medical field.

The Landstuhl office in Building 3705 is set to have a permanent recruiter in February. Until then, medical recruiters will man the office regularly and hold information sessions at the hospital such as one presented Tuesday by Capt. Dominick Ivener and Sgt. 1st Class Santiago Cuellar Jr.

Both men are Army medical recruiters in New York and are at Landstuhl on temporary duty. Cuellar will be at the center until mid-November.

Given the world situation, the Army is in need of doctors and nurses, Ivener said.

Medical recruiters have come to Landstuhl every few months, but only in the last six months has a permanent office become possible. Landstuhl is also home to hundreds of reservists working at the hospital on yearly rotations.

“Our higher command has agreed to it because of the market over here,” Ivener said. “There are so many folks who want to continue to serve and want to be medical professionals to help out. Finally we have an office that we can say is ours. It’s just recent because we never realized that the folks out here still want to serve and still want to continue in this profession.”

Ivener said the aims of the medical recruiting office at Landstuhl is to:

Bring reservists into the active-duty Army as medical professionals.Have active-duty soldiers who are thinking about getting out go into the reserve as medical professionals in the same jobs they had before.Get enlisted troops of any military branch to come into the Army’s medical professional program.“Enlisted folks who have their bachelor’s degrees and are interested in a medical profession, we can help them or bring them on,” Ivener said. “Usually, our market has been in the States where we get civilians to come into the Army who want to pursue a medical profession. We definitely need it in the Army to help out the soldiers, and we have many different programs.”

The most popular program is the health care scholarship program that offers pretty much full tuition to any medical or dental school if the person is accepted, Ivener said.

“The Army will pay 100 percent along with labs, fees, books, your stethoscope, your dental set,” he said. “One hundred percent. You get accepted into Harvard, I’ll pay for it. Plus, you get a $1,300 stipend every month. Not a bad deal. All we ask is you work for us for every year we pay for school.”

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Pace attended Tuesday’s session to get information for his section and himself. The active-duty soldier works in the Landstuhl emergency room and was interested in the nursing or physician assistant program.

“The job I have now, once I get out of service, is not very marketable,” Pace said. “I can’t make that much money in it, and I know I could do better.”

The next information session is scheduled for Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Landstuhl’s Heaton Auditorium. For more information, call 0160-9537-2155 or e-mail Santiago.Cuellar@usarec.army.mil.


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