October 1, 1943

No Longer Allowed Deferment
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fathers age eighteen to thirty-eight no longer will receive deferment from the draft starting today. By the end of the year, four hundred forty-six thousand fathers are expected to be drafted, and in some states this number is anticipated to include fathers whose children were born before December 7, 1941. A last-minute effort in Congress to prevent drafting of fathers failed last night. Meanwhile, the director of the selective service, Major General Lewis B. Hershey, admonished industry to cease asking for occupational deferments of single men “…capable of rendering military service unless the job must be done and can be done by no other person…”. He warned public morale may suffer due to this practice leading to the “necessary induction of fathers.”

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