Senate Decision Ends Deferments From Wire Dispatches
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted yesterday to follow the House's lead by ending college draft deferments, but decided to allow all current undergraduates to keep their present deferments.
The committee's action came as it neared completion of a bill that would extend the draft for another two years. The committee also voted to maintain at two years the alternative service requirement for conscientious objectors.
President Nixon had asked Congress to grant him the authority to abolish all undergraduate deferments granted since last April 23.
The House complied, but the Senate committee's decision means that students who began undergraduate studies last September, and have gotten deferments, will be able to complete their entire four years before facing military service.