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April 3, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(14):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890310028012

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)April 2 1948.

Congress Studies Military Training and Draft Legislation  Congress has under consideration the recommendations of President Truman for expanded defense forces, and enactment of universal military training and the draft. The armed services have submitted to the President alternate defense plans calling for from $2,000,000 to $11,000,000 more than the proposed $11,000,000,000 military budget for fiscal 1949. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services. Committee, Dr. Karl T. Compton, president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, declared that some educational groups and educators were hasty and ill-informed in opposing a training program. On the question of reestablishing the draft, the American Veterans of World War II have recommended that disabled veterans of 1941-45 be given key posts on selective service boards. Republican senators have indicated that they might consent to register, but delay the drafting of, young men for military service.

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