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RDs in the Military

      With close to 230 registered dietitians serving in three branches of the US military today, the roles they fill vary widely, from running health care facilities stateside and abroad, to filling teaching and research positions, to creating health and wellness programs (
      Medical Specialist Corps: Corps Careers & Jobs
      GoArmy.com Web site.
      ,
      Healthcare Careers: Biomedical Sciences Careers—Dietitian US Air Force Web site.
      ,
      Clinical Care Providers: Dietetics/Food Management
      Navy.com Web site.
      ). Since the 1940s, when the demand for dietitians in the military grew, registered dietitians (RDs) have been tapped to fill critical roles, oftentimes moving to positions of leadership within and outside of the medical realm (
      Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General
      Army Medical Specialist Corps Office of Medical History Web site.
      ,
      • Hodges P.A.
      Perspectives on history: military dietetics in Europe during World War I.
      ). With starting salaries in the mid-$40,000s and a comprehensive benefits package, military dietitians can expect to be rewarded for the service described by many interviewed for this article as an opportunity for adventure (
      Medical Specialist Corps: Corps Careers & Jobs
      GoArmy.com Web site.
      ,
      Healthcare Careers: Biomedical Sciences Careers—Dietitian US Air Force Web site.
      ,
      Clinical Care Providers: Dietetics/Food Management
      Navy.com Web site.
      ).
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