The Public Interest

On the draft

A Harvard Study Group

Fall 1967

Many teachers in American colleges and universities have been concerned about the draft. They naturally are, not only because the draft is related to war in general and to the war in Vietnam in particular, but also because the draft raises some fundamental questions about the obligations of citizenship in a democracy and the way those obligations are divided among the citizens. Moreover, most of the students we teach, and even many of the teachers among us, are qualified by age, health, and education to perform military service. A main feature of the present draft is that it singles out college students, and their teachers, as a group especially eligible for deferment; we are bound to be concerned with the wisdom of such an arrangement.

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