National Affairs: Conscription's Pattern

If Congress acts, the Army & Navy are ready. They have a blueprint for training the nation's 18-year-olds, in greater detail than has yet been announced.

Out of the 1,200,000 youths who reach military age each year, the Army & Navy expect to reject about 225,000 for serious physical or mental disabilities. Of the rest, enrolled for training through local boards, the Army will take 700,000, the Navy 275,000. The Army holds that trainees should receive $30 a month pay, cheap Government insurance, some sort of dependency benefits if needed.

As far as possible, trainees will have their choice between Army &...