ARMED FORCES: Sort of a Scandal

Never tangle with the National Guard.

They have you surrounded.

—Old Pentagon Maxim

That old maxim-masher, Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson, tangled with the National Guard last week. He was telling the House Armed Services Committee about the Administration's directive requiring future National Guard recruits to undergo six months of full-time military training—a plan that the politically influential Guard opposes as a hindrance to enlistments. "You know," he volunteered, "the thing was really sort of a scandal during the Korean war. It was a draft-dodging business. A boy of 17 to 18½ could...

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