The Draft: Incentives & Inequities


"It's easy to make changes," sighed Louisiana's Democratic Congressman F. Edward Hébert. "But what changes?" As the House Armed Services Committee ended the first phase of its inquiry into the draft last week, that enigma was as far as ever from solution.

There was no dearth of suggestions during the two-week hearings, ranging from Lieut. General Lewis B. Hershey's insistence that selective service be left intact to proposals that the draft give way to a totally voluntary system with higher pay as the incentive to serve. A World War II-style lottery was the most popular proposal, with Massachusetts' Democratic Senator...

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