The Public Interest

The case for a national service system

Morris Janowitz

Fall 1966

In the spring of 1966, public discussion of the draft became widespread and intense for the first time since 1940, when the legislation was initially passed. One of the most critical groups consists of college students who, opposed to the war in South Vietnam, believe that they have found in the draft an acceptable and popular issue for agitation. But by now public debate about the draft has come to involve the widest segments of American society. And the appointment of a Presidential Commission on the problem means that it is no longer a question of whether the policies of the Selective Service System should be modified, but along what lines they will be altered.

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