National Affairs: After 168 Years

"The citizens of America . . . from 18 to 50 years of age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform arms, and . . . accustomed to the use of them." So urged George Washington in 1783. Last week, 168 years later, the U.S. Congress took the first big step towards Universal Military Training for all men when they reach 18. Delightedly, Assistant Secretary of Defense Anna Rosenberg got Texas' Senator Lyndon Johnson on the phone. "George Washington started it," she said, "and you finished it."

Actually, U.M.T. is far from a finished project. Congress approved it, but...

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