VOLUME LI I
NEW DRAFT REVISIONS RELEASED
Floyd A. Reynolds, Guilford College
Registrar, has received the latest Selective
Service System requirements for under
graduate students. These requirements
were originally issued June 3, 1966, and
amended May 8, 1968.
To qualify for student deferment.
Class 11-S, the student must:
(1) be a satisfactory full-time student
for a minimum of 12 semester hours,
school on SSS Form 109.
(2) be under 24 years of age.
(3) file a signed request for student de
ferment (SSS Form 104) with his
local board. This request is usually
filled out by freshmen at registration
in September and sent to their local
draft boards by the College. Once
the student has properly made this
request, he need not make it again.
Eighteen Year Old Vote
By PHIL SEMAS
College Press Service
WASHINGTON (CPS) A Senate
subcommittee completed hearings this
week on a Constitutional amendment to
lower the voting age to 18.
Affected would be 12 million persons
between the ages of 18 and 21, 47 per
cent of whom are college students. Only
Georgia and Kentucky have lowered the
voting age to 18, while Alaska and Hawaii,
when entering the Union, had voting
ages of 19 and 20 respectively.
The bill is sponsored by 44 senators,
including Majority Leader Mike Mansfield
(D-Mont.) and Minority Leader Everrett
Dirkson (R-lll.), and thus seems likely to
pass the Senate. But the amendment faces
several obstacles to adoption which were
brought out in the subcommittee
The biggest problem in getting the bill
through the Senate may be the argument
that the decision on a minimum voting
age should be left to the individual states.
Several opponents of the bill argued that
18-year-olds should not be given the vote
because they do not have many legal
rights to citizenship, such as making
contracts and marrying, without parental
Supporters of the bill responded that
these same arguments were made for deny
ing women the right to vote, since women
were prohibited from making contracts
and owning land in many states when they
were given the vote.
GREENSBORO, N.C. MAY 24, 1968
(4) have not been pursuing credits appli
cable to the Guilford College Bac
calaureate Degree for more than 4
years. However, special considera
tion may be given in view of a stu
dents dropping out of school for a
prolonged illness. The student must
verify his illness to his local board
by furnishing a doctor's statement
and a transcript of his grades up to
the time he dropped out.
(5) have earned at least 25, 56, or 87
semester hours applicable to Guil
ford's degree at the end of his Ist,
2nd, or 3rd year, respectively.
If a student should fail to qualify for
the 11 -S classification, he can be considered
as l-S (C) until the end of his academic
year provided he has never had this
classification before, and provided he is a
Suppoiters also noted that 18-year-olds
do have many adult responsibilities, in
cluding that draft eligibility. They argued
that if 18-year-olds were being asked to
die for American foreign policy objectives,
they ought to have a role in shaping those
The recent wave of student demonstra
tions may also prove to be an obstacle,
especially in the House, which recently
voted to deny federal aid to students who
participate in unlawful campus demon
Perhaps the greatest obstacle of all,
however, is the problem of getting the
required three-fourths of the state legis
latures to approve the amendment.
State legislatures have been extremely
reluctant to lower the voting age below 21.
The legislatures have been reluctant to
even put the voting age in the ballot in
many states. In 43 states, legislatures have
considered proposals to put the voting
age on the ballot, but only 11 have done
so. In four cases the proposals passed, in
five they were defeated, and two states =-
Nebraska and South Dakota - - will vote
vote later this year.
Sen. Bayh suggested that state legis
latures might be even less inclined to
approve a Constitutional amendment. He
suggested the possibility of special state
conventions to approve the amendment.
Such conventions have never been called,
It is also possible that the subcommit
tee will propose a 19-year-old vote as more
likely to win state approval. An Alaska
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satisfactory, full-time student on the date
he is mailed orders to report for induction.
At the expiration of the l-S (C) the
registrant may be eligable for the I l-S if
he then qualifies.
If a student is ordered to report for
induction during June, July, or August,
he can be considered for the l-S (C)
classification if he is in summer school
making up his deficiencies at the time the
orders are mailed. Also, if the draft board
has evidence that a student will return to
college the next year as a full-time student,
he can be considered for the l-S (C) class
ification, providing he has not had it
In case one does not qualify for either
Class I l-S or l-S (C), Selective Service
regulations provide for a postponement
of induction to the end of the current
term for anyone who is a full-time student
at the time he is ordered for induction.
Reynolds emphasizes that, "Students
should be advised and cautioned to give
serious consideration and reflection before
changing majors, transferring to other
schools, or dropping courses if the change
involves a loss of credit which might drop
them below the hours required for defer
ment, If shortages occur due to loss of
credit for high school deficiencies, foreign
language duplication, failures, repetition
of courses, or light registrations, students
should be advised to attend summer school
or take extra courses to maintain normal
The consensus of several students is
that this system, while not much different
from the old rules, is about as fair as
possible. The semester hours required are
somewhat lower than before and Gil
Ingold, a sophomore, says these hours
should be fairly easy to adhere to. Ingold
also appreciates the new ruling on sickness
deferments, George Stevens, a junior, is
another who feels the system is as fair as
possible, although he would like to see the
draft status of graduate students clarified.
Bobby pierce, who was classified I-A for a
short time, has had experience with the
l-S (C) classification and he appreciates
the "probation" aspect of the law.
There have always been a few cases
where mistakes were made in dealing with
the Selective Service System, and these
mistakes have resulted in unfair or in
correct classifications for some people.
Students are once again urged to stay
well informed about the draft laws and to
pay attention to their obligations to the
. Selective Service System.