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ERIC Number: ED027817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-4
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Selective Service And Graduate Enrollments.
Vetter, Betty M.
The National Security Council decided in Spring 1967 that deferments should not be provided for first or second-year male graduate students in other than medical fields. The Council of Graduate Schools and the Scientific Manpower Commission then sent questionnaires to US graduate schools to determine how many male students would not be deferred, and found that about 70% of the potential first-year and 40% of the potential second-year male graduate students were draft liable. Taking advantage of this fact, students of both sexes sought entrance to institutions of higher caliber than those they would have applied to the year before, and institutions admitted more than their quotas in expectation of a high loss ratio in the fall. But between June and December 1967 draft calls were low, and a large number of young men returned to school without any assurance that they would complete even 1 semester of their graduate work. Because of these and other factors, 1967 graduate enrollments were not substantially below those of 1966. The National Security Council considered the deferment of graduate students to be unfair to underprivileged youth, who did not have either the opportunity or the funds to attend graduate school. It is felt that concentrated drafting of male graduate students could result in a loss to the nation of many years of needed technological service because of the interruption, and often discontinuance, of their graduate studies. (WM)
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Identifiers: Selective Service
Note: Paper presented to annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, San Francisco, California, December 4, 1968.