The Draft: Disputation Defused

Almost everyone agrees that the Selective Service System is inequitable, iniquitous—and indispensable. Almost everyone also agrees on most of the latest spate of proposals to reform the draft.

President Johnson, drawing heavily on the recommendations of his advisory commission (TIME, March 10), last week proposed to Congress some sweeping revisions of the system, notably: 1) inducting younger men first rather than the oldest eligible for service, 2) ending deferments for most graduate students and giving serious consideration to withdrawing undergraduate deferments, and 3) substituting a lottery scheme for the present selection by birth date.

South Carolina Democrat L. Mendel Rivers, whose House...

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