United States Code

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§ 205.
Appointment and tenure of office of Surgeon General; reversion in rank

The Surgeon General shall be appointed from the Regular Corps for a four-year term by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Surgeon General shall be appointed from individuals who (1) are members of the Regular Corps, and (2) have specialized training or significant experience in public health programs. Upon the expiration of such term the Surgeon General, unless reappointed, shall revert to the grade and number in the Regular Corps or Ready Reserve Corps that he would have occupied had he not served as Surgeon General.

(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title II, § 204, 58 Stat. 684; Pub. L. 97–25, title III, § 303(a), July 27, 1981, 95 Stat. 145; Pub. L. 97–35, title XXVII, § 2765(b), Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 932; Pub. L. 116–136, div. A, title III, § 3214(e)(1), Mar. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 373.)
cite as: 42 USC 205