National Affairs: Help Wanted

Since last July, Admiral Arthur W. Radford and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been making a new assessment of the U.S. armed forces. Last week, their deliberations almost over, they found one problem more pressing than others. The problem: manpower.

Because of low birth rates in the Depression years, the number of young men available for the draft each year has shrunk to 1,100,000, of whom roughly 850,000 can meet physical and mental standards. To keep up the present U.S. military force of 3,500,000—made up principally of two-year enlistees, 1,000,000 new men are needed annually.

The rate of re-enlistments in the Regular...

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