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July 12, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;117(2):114-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820280036012

PHYSICAL DISQUALIFICATION UNDER THE SELECTIVE SERVICE LAW  Early this year Britten and Perrott1 published data on the physical defects of men drafted during 1917-1918 which showed that about one third of those examined were considered unfit for general military service under the standards then prevailing. More recently these same investigators have reported that some 43 per cent of those examined under the present Selective Service Law are being classified in the same general category.2 This percentage includes those rejected as unfit for any military service (class IV-F) as well as those found fit for only limited military service (class I-B). Actually, about 28 per cent are being placed in the former group. With regard to the prevalence of various disqualifying conditions, deficient or defective teeth alone render over 8 per cent of the men examined unfit for general military service. Eye defects and diseases are responsible for about