September 16th, 2009

Doctors enlisting in the US Army during WW2?

I know that doctors would go through the DCO program, but could they go through OCS anyway? I'd tried searching a few different things and couldn't find anything. Could I assume that DCO is more recruitment and a doctor could go through OCS if he chose to? I'm thinking of the character going to OCS in the summer of 1941, when it started and before the US's involvement in the war, so maybe they didn't even have a DCO program until '42? Any information would be helpful!

Also, anyone know how being a regiment's doctor/surgeon would work? Would the doctor travel with the regiment and headquarters, or would they be stationed somewhere safer and not at all near the line?

Lethality of Martial Arts vs Lethality of a Edge-based Weapon

Search terms: "lethality of martial arts" "mortality of martial arts" "lethality of martial arts injuries" "mortality of martial arts injuries" <-- which basically told me "durr, you idiot, of course they are"

Basically, the question is this: let's say an expert in (EDIT: unarmed) martial arts and an expert in using a bladed-weapon (swords, knives, etc) go off to face a squad of enemies (who all have various states of protective armory and/or weaponry). No guns.

In the bloodbath that follows, victims from which expert are more likely to be dead or have mortal wounds?

I was all set to write that the expert with bladed weapon would more likely leave dead people, because otherwise humanity would never have invented swords, but martial arts also have the ability to leave people In States Of Great Dying Distress, so now I am not so sure. Would a leg all shattered to pieces due to a kick be as lethal as having the leg cut off? Etc.

Martial arts style in question would probably be closest to, or combination of, tae kwon do, karate, or some form focusing on punches and kicks and not throws or wrestling.

(I am fully prepared to be lambasted for the innate immaturity of this question.)