The Draft: The Lame, The Halt, The Blind & The Female

THE DRAFT The Lame, the Halt, THe Blind & the Female A long-standing criticism of the Selective Service System is that it unduly favors the college student, who can almost always escape military service if he stays in school long enough—and thereafter is usually qualified to enter a draft-proof profession. In response to such complaints, Congress last June knocked out deferments for nearly all graduate students, excepting only those going into medicine, dentistry and related fields, as well as the ministry.

It was a Draconian step, with profound, probably unforeseen, implications for the nation's educational system; many academic...

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