323 have such qualifications as the Secretary prescribes. Appointments under this subsection may be in the grades of lieutenant (junior grade) through captain. § 5579. Regular Navy: Medical Service Corps (a) Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Navy prescribes, original appointments to the active list of the Navy in the Medical Service Corps may be made from persons who— (1) are at least 21 and under 32 years of age; and (2) have physical, mental, moral, and professional qualifications satisfactory to the Secretary. (b) Appointments under this section from persons other than members of the Regular Navy shall be made from graduates of accredited schools of pharmacy, optometry, or other schools or colleges with degrees in sciences allied to medicine or degrees approved by the Surgeon General of the Navy. (c) Appointments under this section shall be in the grade of ensign, except that persons holding doctoral degrees at the time of appointment in sciences allied to medicine approved by the Surgeon General may be appointed in the grade of lieutenant (junior grade). (d) An officer appointed under this section from the Regular Navy may not ^ffer any reduction in the pay and allowances to which he was entitled at the time of his appointment because of his former permanent status. § 5580. Regular Navy: Nurse Corps (a) Original appointments to the active list of the Navy in the Nurse Corps may be made from female persons who are at least 21 years of age on July 1 of the calendar year in which appointed and who have physical, mental, moral, educational, and professional qualifications satisfactory to the Secretary of the Navy. (b) A person appointed under this section shall be appointed in the grade of— (1) ensign, if she has not passed her twenty-seventh birthday on the date of nomination by the President and is not qualified for appointment as a lieutenant (junior grade) under clause (2); or (2) lieutenant (junior grade), if she is qualified under regulations prescribed by the Secretary and has not passed her thirtieth birthday on the date of nomination by the President. (c) The maximum ages specified in subsection (b) are increased by the period of active commissioned service performed after December 31, 1947. However, a maximum age is not so increased by more than five years. §5581.
Naval Reserve: Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps: women "Women may be appointed in the Naval Reserve in the Medical Corps, the Dental Corps, and the Medical Service Corps. Except as otherwise specifically provided, provisions of this title relating to male officers of the Naval Reserve in these corps apply to women appointed under this section.