How Big an Army?

An old question rose to plague the U.S. last week. The speed with which the draft will soon strip the nation of its young men was now apparent (see above). The manpower pinch was already sorely felt by factory and farms; food rationing was destined to grow stricter by the month (see col. 3).

Men looked at the Army's 1943 quotas and began to wonder. The Army planned to have 7,500,000 men by year's end, plus 650,000 officers. Navy and Marines planned to expand to 2,000,000. Did the nation really need a military...

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