National Affairs: The 1948 Draft Law

Who: All men 18 through 25 must register; but only those 19 through 25 will be subject to induction. Up to 161,000 18-year-olds can escape a later draft call by volunteering for one year's active service in the U.S., six additional years in the reserves.

When: Registration can begin as soon as the bill is signed, induction 90 days later.

How Long: Draftees will serve 21 months, followed by three years in the active or five years in the inactive reserves.

Exemptions: Veterans with one year's peacetime service or 90 days' service between Pearl Harbor and V-J day; ministers and conscientious objectors; married...

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