Major General Allen Batschelet’s bearing betrays his position.  Among a group of officers he’s obviously a main dude.  He’s responsible for recruitment in the United States Army, and as the U.S. Armed Forces celebrate their 40th anniversary as an all-volunteer force, that’s a very critical function in the defense and protection of these United States.  Maj. Gen. Batschelet carries the weight on his shoulders of recruiting every man and woman into the greatest land fighting force ever assembled. There are more than a million soldiers in the United States Army.  They work every day to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and your freedom, your rights, you, and your family.  Think about that for a moment.  Let the overwhelming intensity of that responsibility resonate in your mind.  Then the surprise: Maj. Gen Batschelet is warm, gracious, and very personable.

 “The Army is really committed to caring for soldiers and their families, and that’s one of the things we pride ourselves on,” Batschelet tells KTRH News. “And this year we really need a number of medical professionals to join us.  We need general dentists, we need oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and we need psychiatrists – psychiatrists in particular.”  He leans into the conversation to make the point.  “We’re looking for general practitioners, everyone across the entire realm of medicine so we can care for our soldiers and give them everything they deserve.”

The Maj. Gen goes on to list more of the health care providers the Army is looking for: physicians, behavioral health professionals, nurses, researchers, and veterinarians.  The critical need is for surgeons, family, pediatric, internal medicine and emergency room physicians, clinical psychologists and social workers.

 “One of the things about practicing medicine in the Army is that you are relieved of some of the most mundane and frustrating tasks associated with practicing medicine in America today.  We relieve you of all that,” Batschelet says. “You actually get to practice your profession.  You don’t have to worry about hiring and firing staff, you don’t have to worry about malpractice suits, you truly get to do what it is that drove most people to want to be in the medical profession in the first place.  Plus you get to care for soldier and their families, which can be very, very rewarding.”

The deals the Army offers aren’t bad.  Residents can get up to $45K in annual grants and monthly stipends of up to $2K.  The Army can help out with college loan repayment up to $120K for qualified doctors. 

As he talks Batschelet’s enthusiasm is obvious and infectious. You could not ask to serve with a finer soldier.

“And,” he says, “You have an opportunity to serve your country.”

Hooah. Army Strong.