ARMED FORCES: Patchwork Raises

How're you gonna keep the boys in uniform after they've seen high-pay help-wanted ads? Ever since Korea, that has been the U.S. armed forces' multibillion-dollar-a-year question. Cooks, truck drivers, and professional privates re-enlist at a brisk rate, but such specialists as radar and missile technicians usually get out when their first hitches are up, taking along with them into better-paid civilian jobs the expensive training that the U.S. Government has given them.

Last week Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson issued an order designed to make military service a bit more attractive to skilled enlisted men. Highly qualified technicians—about 350,000 men...

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