The U. S. draft law has its faults. Biggest trouble is that the law is a wartime statute, put to pre-war use. Its pool of 17,000,000 registered men is unnecessarily large, will soon be bogged with middle-aged registrants. Men who were 35 when they registered last October remain technically subject to the draft until May 15, 1945. Yet the law has no adequate provision for taking in the 1,250,000 young men who turn 21 each year.

Last week the father of the present law concocted a remedy for these defects. He was Brigadier General Lewis Elaine Hershey, acting draft administrator,...

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