Nation: Capital Notes: may 26, 1961

Needed: More for the Corps

Peace Corps recruiters are worried because only 8,000 volunteers have applied so far for President Kennedy's Peace Corps. They had hoped to receive some 15,000 applications by the end of May, when entrance examinations will be held in 330 U.S. cities. Then, after a rigorous screening, they would be able to enlist 1,000 corpsmen—just enough for a first-year pilot program. Now, faced with the prospect of obtaining far less than 1,000 acceptable corpsmen, Peace Corps officials may lower entrance requirements, cut back or stretch out programs planned for work-fertile areas.

Stemming the Flow

As one measure to stem the...

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