- Some recruited doctors with a migrant background say that they cannot use their medical skills to help the Army fight the coronavirus and instead have to do minor tasks. The Washington Post reported.
- In the meantime, the military has run out of doctors and the army has begun to call retired medical-grade soldiers back into active service.
- So far, the Department of Defense has reported 280 coronavirus cases to the armed forces.
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A number of migrant doctors have been unable to use their army medical skills to combat the coronavirus pandemic due to lengthy years of background checks. according to the Washington Post.
Some of them told the post that they shouldn't practice medicine in uniform and instead spent their time doing basic tasks like cleaning and taking out garbage – while the military was suffering from a shortage of doctors and an increase in cases of Corona viruses suffer.
Instead, some have brought their skills to civilian hospitals, where they started treating coronavirus patients instead of members of the military.
An Indian doctor who specializes in respiratory diseases told The Post that he recently treated about 40 coronavirus patients in New York after spending years as a low-ranking soldier without using his medical skills. He said he joined the army in 2015.
"I love helping people," he told the Post. "But these hurdles are unnecessary. I'm wasting years of my medical experience in the army."
In the meantime, there is an urgent need for doctors within the military. The army has even started calling on retired medical-grade soldiers to be back on active duty to respond to the pandemic, Task & Purpose said.
Years ago, doctors were admitted to the army through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program. Because of the extensive security review process, many have been on standby all the time.
By Thursday, the Department of Defense had reported 280 coronavirus cases to the armed forces Reuters.
The MAVNI program was originally created to recruit immigrants whose skills were seen by the Pentagon as critical to the military, especially those in the health care profession.
Although MAVNI was closed in 2017, due in part to the limited background check process, Swiss Post reported that at least several dozen migrant doctors are still pending and awaiting service.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.