I see the pros and cons of requiring new hires to become a paramedic within a certian time. I believe it would be the answer to the paramedic shortage. Although you may get some bad medics I believe you would get more good medics. Right now the medics get dumped on so much that the EMT's that want to be medics are getting turned off. I as hear medics tell the EMT's not to become a paramedic because they regret it. In doing this they are shotting themselves in the foot. Unfortunatly it would not fix the medic shortage any time soon.