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Battle dress through the centuries

Program offers enlisted Soldiers the opportunity to become doctors

Story by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity

For years, they had dreamed of becoming a doctor, a physician or a surgeon, but life had different plans. For a variety of reasons, they wound up enlisting in the military, some as medics, some in non-medical fields, some even made it to special operations. Their careers progressed and they received promotions and awards. That first dream became something to be pursued someday, in another life, after the military.

In the Army, doctors and senior noncommissioned officers also spent years losing their most talented Soldiers to that dream, wishing they could offer them more opportunities while on active duty. The other services agreed, and officials went back and forth, discussing a program that would keep enlisted service members in the military and get them into medical school.

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Fort Detrick will not accept driver licenses and ID cards from the states that are not compliant with the standards of the REAL ID Act without a second form of ID. The dates for implementation are subject to change. Please continue to check DHS’s REAL ID webpage for the most up-to-date information on individual state compliance as status can change over time.

Some of the acceptable second forms of IDs are as follows:
• United States Passport or United States Passport Card
• Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
• Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
• Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
• In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
• School identification card with a photograph
• U.S. Military or draft record
• U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards
• Transportation Worker Identification Card
• Native American Tribal Document

For more information on compliant states, states with extensions or those states that are non-compliant please refer to the DHS website at

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Total Army Strong

Total Army Strong
What is it?

Total Army Strong succeeds the Army Family Covenant, and provides a broader, tailorable platform from which commanders can deliver essential programs to support a ready Army. Commanders will have flexibility to prioritize and adjust installation programs and services regardless of geographic location or component. Total Army Strong continues and underscores the U.S. Army's commitment and responsibility to the total Army family -- Soldiers, family members and civilians.

Why is this important to the Army?

Total Army Strong reaffirms the Army's commitment to the total Army family, builds trust and faith between the Army and its most precious resource, the people, and sets the foundation for a balanced system of programs and services. These programs and services will meet the unique demands of military life, foster life skills, strengthen and sustain physical and mental fitness and resilience, and promote a strong, ready, and resilient Army.

What has the Army done?

Under the Army Family Covenant, the Army doubled its investment in base funding for Soldier and family programs from fiscal year 2007 to 2010. This investment funded Survivor Outreach Services, new child development centers, youth centers, and Soldier and Family Assistant Centers for Wounded Warriors. It also improved Army housing and increased accessibility to health care. These enhancements built a better environment for Soldiers, family members and civilians to thrive.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Total Army Strong marks the evolution of the Army Family Covenant. As the nation and the Army prepare for the future, the needs of Soldiers and families also will evolve. The Army will find a new balance to support the premier, all-volunteer Army through responsible stewardship, program assessment and the promotion of self reliance. Decisions to adjust programs will be made strategically, but will be executed locally at the installation level. This will ensure a sustainable balance of services to promote long-term Soldier and family readiness. The Army will continue to refine programs to ensure they efficiently serve the most critical needs of the Soldiers, family members and civilians. The Army will keep the force healthy, self-reliant, ready and resilient.

MG Barbara Holcomb

Major General Barbara Holcomb

Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Maryland


Fort Detrick Mission

The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, provides sustainable base operations support, quality of life programs, and environmental stewardship to facilitate the sustainment of vital national interests.

The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, supports five cabinet-level agencies: The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.

Within the DoD, Fort Detrick supports elements of all four military services. Major Department of the Army mission partners include the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the 21st Signal Brigade.

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