U.S. At War: Peacetime Draft?

For centuries, all youths in most of Europe have been drafted for a year or more of peacetime military service. Last week Franklin Roosevelt said he believed the U.S. should give this idea some thought.

In an election year, the President neither recommended nor condemned peacetime conscription. But he wanted to talk about it. So he told the press that at war's end the U.S. will own enough good, concrete-based housing to accommodate 5,000,000 men. With care, this housing should last for another 25 years, and it might very well serve as peacetime barracks for young men of 17 to 23 who...

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