Authority to retain chaplains and officers in medical specialties until specified age
(a)Retention.—Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 1407 of this title and except for officers referred to in sections 14503, 14504, 14505, and 14506 of this title and under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense—
the Secretary of the Army may, with the officer’s consent, retain in an active status any reserve officer assigned to the Medical Corps, the Dental Corps, the Veterinary Corps, the Medical Services Corps (if the officer has been designated as allied health officer or biomedical sciences officer in that Corps), the Optometry Section of the Medical Services Corps, the Chaplains, the Army Nurse Corps, or the Army Medical Specialists Corps;
the Secretary of the Navy may, with the officer’s consent, retain in an active status any reserve officer appointed in the Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Nurse Corps, or Chaplain Corps or appointed in the Medical Services Corps and designated to perform as a veterinarian, optometrist, podiatrist, allied health officer, or biomedical sciences officer; and
the Secretary of the Air Force may, with the officer’s consent, retain in an active status any reserve officer who is designated as a medical officer, dental officer, Air Force nurse, Medical Service Corps officer, biomedical sciences officer, or chaplain.
(b)Separation at Specified Age.—
An officer may not be retained in active status under this section later than the date on which the officer becomes 68 years of age.
(Added Pub. L. 103–337, div. A, title XVI
, § 1611, Oct. 5, 1994
, 108 Stat. 2956
; amended Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title V
, § 516, Oct. 5, 1999
, 113 Stat. 594
; Pub. L. 106–398
, § 1 [[div. A], title V, § 523], Oct. 30, 2000
, 114 Stat. 1654
, 1654A–108; Pub. L. 110–417
, [div. A], title V, § 516(a), Oct. 14, 2008
, 122 Stat. 4442
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in sections 3855(a), (c)(1), 6392(a), (c)(1), and 8855(a), (c)(1) of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 103–337, § 1629(a)(3), (b)(3), (c)(3).
2008—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–417 substituted “68 years” for “67 years”.
2000—Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 106–398 substituted “Air Force nurse, Medical Service Corps officer, biomedical sciences officer, or chaplain.” for “veterinary officer, Air Force nurse, or chaplain or who is designated as a biomedical sciences officer and is qualified for service as a veterinarian, optometrist, or podiatrist.”
1999—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–65 struck out “(or, in the case of a reserve officer of the Army in the Chaplains or a reserve officer of the Air Force designated as a chaplain, 60 years of age)” after “67 years of age”.
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