The Draft: New Recruit

After Richard Nixon and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird decided in October to ease Selective Service Director Lewis Hershey out of his job, it appeared that the right successor would be hard to find. Forty names were considered for the position in what Administration aides came to call the great man hunt. Firm offers went to several men whose polite replies, when translated, amounted to "Hell, no, I won't go." The Selective Service System, after all, is vilified by many youngsters, attacked and second-guessed on Capitol Hill, and burdened with an archaic network of local boards that constitute an administrative...

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