It was in Yuma, AZ and I started in July. I signed all the employment
papers, and because the PHS is a (sort of) branch of the military (you know, head guy is the Surgeon General) my mom and I were of to the Marine base to the commissary to stock up.
Well, they stopped us at the gate and asked for ID. I remembered something about signing a page titled something like "Officer Commission." So I told the guard, "I think I'm an officer.