Meet the Director
CAPT Glenn Merchant retired from the Navy in 2011 following 33 years of combined Navy/Marine Corps service. A Distinguished NROTC graduate of The Citadel, he began his career as a Marine Officer and ended as a Navy physician and the Director of the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board’s (DoDMERB).
Dr. Merchant’s goal on entering The Citadel was to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a Naval Aviator. Despite several medical issues that threatened to derail his dream, he earned his “Wings of Gold” in 1977 and was one of the first Marine Aviators to go directly from flight school to the AV-8A Harrier. Over the next five years, close interactions with his squadron flight surgeons revealed an unknown interest in medicine. Leaving the Marine Corps, he entered the Medical University of South Carolina in 1983. Following graduation, Dr. Merchant returned to naval service, this time as a Navy physician.
For the next 25 years he enjoyed a variety of operational and academic assignments including Senior Flight Surgeon of Marine Aircraft Group 40 in Operations Desert Shield/ Storm, first Senior Medical Officer of the USS John C. Stennis (a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier), and professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His last six years were spent at DoDMERB, including 4 years as DoDMERB’s 12th Director.
Dr. Merchant is one of the foremost authorities on the development and application of military medical accession standards. During his tenure as DoDMERB Director, he led countless initiatives to improve DoDMERB’s customer service. In recognition of his expertise, Dr. Merchant chaired the Department of Defense’s Accession Medical Standards Working Group’s (AMSWG) major initiative to review and revise all accession medical standards. Through his leadership, the AMSWG developed the most comprehensive, evidenced-based medical standards in military accessions history.