Recent international developments have made one thing clear about the nation's patchwork draft deferment policy: as time goes on, it will be incapable of handling the needs of the armed forces in a manner fair to prospective draftees. The manpower shortage is "more critical" than is generally supposed, according to Selective Service officials, and draft boards are dipping more and more freely into the 2-A lists--men deferred to finish their education--in order to fill their quotas.
Priority decisions still rest with the local boards, however, and local quota needs, rather than a deferment status, are becoming the main factor is determining who gets his uniform first.
Any one of several overall deferment plans now working their way toward Congress would be an improvement over the present uncertain situation. They all have their shortcomings. Universal Military Service, as proposed by President Conant, might wreek many small colleges if it were not put into effect slowly and carefully. Draft programs relying on grades or aptitude examinations to determine deferments would tend to create a race for grades in colleges and, even more undesirable, a "college elite."
Right now there is no grade race, no elite, indeed no certainty as to whether there will be any colleges at all once draft quotas really begin to pinch the local boards. If Congress does not specify a uniform draft policy for the nation, but merely renews the local option provisions of the present bill, there will be something akin to chaos in American colleges within the next year.
Grades to Affect 2-S Next Spring?Local draft boards may refuse to give deferments to undergraduates who are in the bottom quarter of their class if
Draft May Bypass StudentsWASHINGTON, Dec. 3--Recommendations to defer all college and graduate school students indefinitely may soon go to Selective Service Headquarters, the
Students With Past Leaves of Absence May Get Draft Calls From Some StatesStudents who have taken a year's of absence in the past may be for induction by their local draft boards
Applications for December Draft Test Due Noember 1Applications for the December 4 Selective Service College Qualification Test may be obtained at Phillips Brooks House today through Friday.
Bender Says Draft Law Bound to Hurt CollegesNo matter what plan for drafting students is finally put into effect, Dean Bender stated yesterday, colleges will suffer. While