The Draft: Broadening the Base

President Johnson's request for reform of the nation's draft laws got a powerful boost last week from the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee unanimously recommended that the Selective Service Act be extended for four years beyond June 30, when some of its main clauses expire, and agreed with Johnson that: 1) 19-year-olds, the youngest draft-eligible group, should be taken before the oldest, the 26-year-olds; 2) post-graduate students, except those studying medicine and dentistry, should not be exempt; and 3) the President should be free to try out a lottery draft system, although the committee was far from enthusiastic...

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