ARMED FORCES: The Vanishing Draftee

Something would have to be done, and quickly, about the draft, which was conceived in peacetime and dedicated to the proposition that all young men should get an even chance to escape it.

Thus administered, the draft threw the load onto the reserves and National Guard, predominantly veterans, who had to go when their country called. The reserves couldn't fall back on the mollycoddle collection of exemptions that a softheaded Congress had written into the draft law, and that softhearted draft boards had been ready to apply.

The draft law exempted, among...

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