The rearmament program which Defense Secretary Forrestal laid down before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week was described by him as a "minimum necessity" of U.S. military strength. Its immediate objective was to boost the armed forces to a new total of 1,734,000 men. The breakdown:
¶ An Army of 782,000up 240,000 from its present strength.
¶ Navy of 460,000up 63,000.
¶ A Marine Corps of 92,000up 11,000.
¶ An Air Force of 400,000up 35,500.
To acquire that increment of manpower, Secretary Forrestal would clamp selective service on the 3,600,000 young men aged 19 to 25. To provide the added strength, and constant...