THE DRAFT: Draftees Into Officers

At last week's end, some 20,000 draftees had gone to induction stations, been sworn into the Army of the United States, shipped to reception centres (Draftese for Army camp). Nearly 99% of the 20,000 were draftables who had volunteered for one year's training without formal drafting. At 29 reception centres rookies were shucked out of mufti, inoculated, vaccinated, shod and asked such questions as: "How many nickel cigars can you buy for 20¢?'' "How many dozen will 42 oranges make?", asked to say whether a pistol was a gun, a knife, a sword or a pencil.*

Such questions were part of...

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