The Draft: How to Without Beat It Really Trying


For a generation and more, many a hale male has dreamed of beating the draft by persuading the psychiatrist at the induction center that he was some kind of nut. That, however, is going about it the hard way. Men are rejected if they are hypersensitive to bee stings, have a severe ingrown toenail, or even if they have too many—or too obscene—tattoos.

In a study of 1,500,000 men called for examinations between 1960 and 1962, Col. Robert A. Bier, chief medical officer for the national Selective Service System, found that 382,000 (or 25.4%) were granted medical deferments. Chief causes...

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