10 U.S. Code § 6027 - Medical Department: composition

§ 6027.
Medical Department: composition

The Medical Corps and Dental Corps, and such other staff corps as the Secretary of the Navy may establish under section 5150(b) of this title and designate to be in the Medical Department of the Navy, are in the Medical Department of the Navy.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 377; Pub. L. 96–513, title III, § 353, Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2902; Pub. L. 99–433, title V, § 514(c)(3), Oct. 1, 1986, 100 Stat. 1055.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


34 U.S.C. 30a (1st 20 words of 1st sentence).

Aug. 4, 1947, ch. 459, § 201 (1st 20 words of 1st sentence), 61 Stat. 736.

34 U.S.C. 43 (less 2d sentence).

Apr. 16, 1947, ch. 38, § 201 (less 2d sentence), 61 Stat. 47; Aug. 7, 1947, ch. 512, § 434(a), 61 Stat. 882.

34 U.S.C. 32.

Aug. 29, 1916, ch. 417, 39 Stat. 573 (30th through 44th words of 6th par. under “Hospital Corps”).

34 U.S.C. 51 (26th through 37th words).

Aug. 29, 1916, ch. 417 (1st par. under “Naval Dental Corps”, 75th word to end of 1st sentence); added July 1, 1918, ch. 114, 40 Stat. 708 (4th par.).

There is no provision of law specifically stating that the Medical Corps is in the Medical Department. It was the first corps to have duties relating to medical and sanitary matters and so long as it was the only corps having such duties there was no need for the departmental concept. The subsequent establishment of other corps with related duties “in the Medical Department” indicates clearly that the Medical Corps is in that Department.

The words “effective August 4, 1947” and the words “establishing the Medical Service Corps” in 34 U.S.C. 30a are omitted as executed. The words “is created and established as a Staff Corps of the United States Navy” in 34 U.S.C. 43 are omitted as executed.


1986—Pub. L. 99–433 substituted “section 5150(b)” for “section 5155(b)”.

1980—Pub. L. 96–513 authorized the Secretary of the Navy to designate staff corps as being in the Medical Department of the Navy and deleted specific references to the Medical Service Corps, the Nurse Corps, and the Hospital Corps as being in such Medical Department.

Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–513 effective Sept. 15, 1981, but the authority to prescribe regulations under the amendment by Pub. L. 96–513 effective on Dec. 12, 1980, see section 701 of Pub. L. 96–513, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.

Transition Provisions Under Defense Officer Personnel Management Act

For provisions to prevent extinction or premature termination of rights, duties, penalties, or proceedings that existed or were begun prior to the effective date of Pub. L. 96–513 and otherwise to allow for an orderly transition to the system of officer personnel management put in place under Pub. L. 96–513, see section 601 et seq. of Pub. L. 96–513, set out as a note under section 611 of this title.


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