Army & Navy - 'Permanent--for Today

The U.S. has only about 8% of its people in uniform, but it still hopes it can finish the war without seriously discommoding the remainder of its civilian population. This was the apparent meaning of a delicate revision of the rules which Selective Service sent last week to local draft boards.

This newest fiat from Washington did bring some light into the darkness of the confused manpower situation. It:

¶Made no change in the status of 18-through-25-year-olds except to emphasize that occupational deferments for them will be few & far between.

¶Made "more or...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!