Could We End the Draft Now?
By Curtis W. Tarr
As part of my duties as Director of the Selective Service System, I spend several hours each week with young people and parents, either directly, or by telephone, or by correspondence.[*] Most frequently they ask the same question, “Could we end the draft now?” The idea of abolishing the draft appears with increasing persistence. We are withdrawing from an active war. We have increased the economic rewards for military service. We are improving the life of the serviceman. We are reducing the size of the armed forces. Members of the prestigious Gates Commission recommended that inductions cease and the nation maintain its armed forces entirely by volunteers after 1 July 1971. Why continue inductions?