Armed Forces: For Bachelors Only

A young Californian named Scott Thompson was facing Army induction in just two weeks; yet he seemed peculiarly elated when he phoned a U.C.L.A. coed. "Hey," he shouted, "did you see the papers? Do you want to get married?" The girl did not, no matter what the papers said. So Thompson—unless he could find someone else in a hurry—was doomed to enter the Army. But some 340,000 other men of draft age—whose girls had once said yes—were suddenly free to stay home. A presidential order last week exempted all married men from induction,...

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