The Presidency: Alternative to the Draft

Winning over its youthful critics and antiwar antagonists has long been a major aim of the Nixon Administration. One move in that direction was the forced retirement of Lieut. General Lewis B. Hershey, 76, as director and aging symbol of the Selective Service System. The White House has also held out hope that the draft might be abolished altogether, but that notion is not highly popular on Capitol Hill. The President's choice to succeed Hershey, Pentagon Consultant Charles DiBona, 37, was scuttled by Senators who did not approve of his advocacy of a volunteer Army. Nevertheless, the Administration last...

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