National Affairs: No Soldiers Wanted

Reservists and National Guardsmen were fed to the gills and hopping mad. Wherever they went looking for jobs, more & more employers were beginning to ask pointed questions and phrase the same harsh answers: "Sorry, we have to give it to someone we know will be here next year."

The reluctance to take on men who might soon be in uniform had not yet spread to all employers. But there were already enough examples to support the citizen-soldiers' gripes. In Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, reservists and guardsmen angrily complained that they were being i) passed by on promotion lists, 2) asked...