Draft Dodgers

Ignoring Uncle Sam

When draft registration for 18-year-old men resumed in the summer of 1980, after a five-year hiatus, more than 3.5 million youths, or 93% of those eligible, went to post offices and filled out Selective Service forms certifying their availability for military service. Since then, compliance with the law has gone downhill. In the first three months of this year, only 69% of those required to sign up did, even though the absence of a draft law means that they cannot be inducted into the armed services. That was considerably below the rate of compliance in 1973 and 1974, when...

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