August 25, 1943

Family Status No Longer Basis for Draft Deferment
WASHINGTON, D.C.—New regulations issued just two weeks ago by the War Manpower Commission (WMC) have shifted the focus of draft deferment from a man’s family status to his occupation. Starting on October 1, the question becomes one of whether a man aged 18 to 38 can  better serve his country in the armed forces or in war production. According to WMC chairman Paul V. McNutt, the goal is to “hold essential workers on war-useful jobs, to assure transfer of workers to jobs aiding the war effort, and to supply men needed for the armed forces without cutting war production.” Lawrence A. Appley, executive director of the WMC, also stated he hoped the new regulations would “…make an outright labor draft unnecessary.”

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