THE DRAFT: How It Works

Last week Congress passed the conscription bill. This week the President signed it. A new thing had entered U. S. life: although the U. S. had conscripted its citizens in two wars, never before had it conscripted them in peace. Some 16,500,000 men, aged 21 to 36, forthwith became liable to compulsory military service. How, when, whether conscription would actually touch them was prescribed in 1) the bill, and 2) the selective system which the Army & Navy had long since prepared against a martial day.

The Bill laid down the general philosophy,...

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