MANPOWER: Muddled Draft

The Administration's manpower plans were so muddled that no man of draft age could be certain of his status; none could know when or whether he would be working for the Army or Paul V. McNutt.

In a maze of changing draft rules, moves for industrial conscription, bills to defer and furlough farm workers, only one decision was clear—by the end of 1943 the U.S. would have an armed force of 11,000,000 men. Franklin Roosevelt told newsmen they could bank on that.

With smooth-running efficiency Selective Service machinery had moved the first 5,000,000 men into uniform. But fortnight ago, SSS hit...

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