Defense: Refilling the Pool

In the 16 months since President Johnson announced the U.S. military buildup for Viet Nam, draft calls have inched steadily upward. Last month's total — 49,300 — was the highest since early 1951, the peak mobilization period of the Korean War, when 80,000 men a month were called. The effect has been to deplete the nation's 1-A manpower pool to the point at which Selective Service headquarters is now forced to find new ways to replenish it.

The likeliest new source is an estimated 500,000 youths in the 1-Y category who have failed...

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