Army & Navy - End of a Tradition

For the first time in its history the U.S. Navy this week began seeding drafted men into the ranks of its fighting men. The Marine Corps, which is also inordinately proud of its status as an all-volunteer outfit,* did likewise. Even in the most critical manpower situation the U.S. armed forces had ever faced, the break from tradition was not easily made.

Without slur on the patriotism of selectees, the Navy had long contended that for itself and its sister service the run of the draft would not do. The physical standard for sailors and marines would have to be...

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