National Affairs: Finding Fighters

The plan, said General Omar Bradley, "provides a system that would require nearly every man to serve in our forces, first on full-time active duty, later as a member of a National Guard or reserve organization for a period of years. This is the cold and unalterable fact. The sooner we face it, the better chance we will have for survival."

Congress—though dead serious about rearmament—was trying hard not to face it. Especially, it hated to face aroused mothers of 18-year-olds whose angry threats filled their mailboxes. Aroused himself, Secretary of Defense George...

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