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Joining The Military 'My Best Move' - US Army Nursing Chief

The Major General of US army Gale Pollock was inspired to become a nurse after she saw how the military treated her elder brother after he was wounded in Vietnam. Thirty years down the line, she heads the US Army Nurse Corps. //

"I decided to join the army when I was a teenager. I had a big brother who was injured in Vietnam and the army medical department took very good care of him. So I decided I was going to be a nurse so I could help someone else's big brother," said Pollock.

"It's been wonderful. I really think choosing to join the army was the best decision of my life," Pollock told IANS on the sidelines of the just-concluded 16th Asia-Pacific Military Medicine Conference in N.Delhi.

"They have provided me wonderful opportunities - my education, opportunities to serve around the world," added the Honolulu-based Pollock who is one of the 14 star-ranked officers in the 490,000-strong US Army.

One of the proudest days of her life undoubtedly was July 26, 2004 when she jumped two ranks from colonel to major general in a single day as a result of a 2003 US law requiring that a two-star officer head the Army Nurse Corps.

Pollock was selected for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing (WRAIN) scholarship programme and received a bachelor's of science in nursing from the University of Maryland, and a direct commission in the Army Nurse Corps in 1976.

She has attended the US Army Nurse Anesthesia Programme and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist (CRNA), and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

She received her master's in Business Administration from Boston University, a masters in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and a master's in National Security and Strategy from the National Defense University.

"I keep busy. I love what I do. I love taking care of the service members and their families. And then, th
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