BILL LOWERS DRAFT AGE TO 18
No 18/19 Youths in Combat?
WASHINGTON, D.C.—An amendment to the bill in Congress lowering the draft age to 18 would require one year of training for eighteen and nineteen year olds before they could enter combat. President Roosevelt opposes this amendment and delivered his feelings in a letter to Senator Gurney, the Republican from South Dakota who sponsored the bill. The letter stated in reference to the amendment, in part, it is “…important that limitations other than those now included in the bill be avoided.” Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall, also speaking via letter, said the Army must be trusted “…to see that each soldier has adequate training before he enters combat.” Support for the amendment is increasing in the Senate. The House last Saturday approved a similar bill lowering the draft age to 18, but without the training restrictions.