National Defense: Younger Soldiers

Eight months' experience with the draft has convinced the U.S. Army command that men between 20 and 25 make better soldiers than do men between 30 and 35, who are too set in civilian ways. Result: a decision to lower the average ages of draftees, eventually eliminate the troublesome 14% of trainees who are 30 and older.

When the President last week ordered some 832,000 new 21-year-olds to register for the draft July 1, he fell in with this trend. In theory, the new registrants will be at the bottom of the order lists in their local districts. In actual fact, the...

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