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Putting chiropractic in the ranks

The Defense Authorization Bill of 1991 authorized the secretary of Defense to “appoint chiropractors as commissioned officers in the armed forces to provide chiropractic care within the Military Health System.” However, the bill did not require the Defense secretary to appoint chiropractors who could administer care on the front lines.

On February 13, 2008, a concurrent resolution passed the U.S. House of Representatives urging the Defense secretary to “take immediate steps to appoint doctors of chiropractic as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces.” Still, this proclamation doesn’t have the force of law. But it is hoped that continued resolutions like this will result in legislation that leads to the commissioning of chiropractors.

Megan Nye
5th Quarter Florida Campus student , U.S. Navy Reservist and hospital corpsman
Megan Nye

After being deployed to Kuwait, Florida Campus student Megan Nye knows that she is first and foremost a Navy Reservist. “I continue to try to balance both my military commitment with my pursuit of a degree in chiropractic,” she said. “In fact, I expect to be activated again soon.”

While deployed, Ms. Nye has seen her share of active duty, usually while carrying 110 pounds of equipment on her back. For her, it would be very beneficial if chiropractors could be appointed as commissioned officers. “A chiropractor in the field could help alleviate much of the pain and discomfort and make you better able to do your job,” she said.

“What I’d love to be is a D.C. and an officer in the medical corps,” she added. “With a degree in chiropractic I could take an active role in helping to integrate chiropractic care into the military.”

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