ARMED FORCES: First Call

Across the land this week, the U.S. began registering its young men for a new draft—three, years and 16 days after the end of World War II. The first of 9½ million young men between 18 and 25 stood in patient lines. First to register were the 25-year-olds, who would also be the first to be inducted. Thereafter, eligible men would be called in order of age. Most veterans, married men, men with dependents, public officials, research students, farmers and many others would be deferred. As a starter, the Army asked for 10,000 men for November induction.

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