The Draft: Equality Does Not Exist


The very notion of conscription rubs against the American grain. Yet in 1966 the U.S. has maintained its draft system almost uninterruptedly for a quarter of a century, the longest period of compulsory military service in the nation's history. Last week Lieut. General Lewis Elaine Hershey, 72, who has directed the present selective service since its inception, acknowledged mounting criticism of the draft but maintained that current criteria, and the 4,050 local draft boards that apply them, are the only workable formula for deciding who should go into uniform.

Before the House Armed Services Committee, which opened Congress' first major...

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