Curing 1969^ drsftv;cs vctre killed at the
I’p.te of 31 per IjOOO and injured at the
I’ats of 203 per 1^000, while first t..rra
snListees wore killed at the rate of 'Ll
per i_,000 and injured at the rate of 120
The ^reason draftees tend to be killed
at a much higher rate is that the hrrny^
in a procedure different from previous ;.,
wars^ allows men xfoo enli-st for three year
to choose what job they want, ^ Because of
this_5 di’afteos who make up of tne men
entering the Army, tend to make up a much ,!;
higher percentage of combat units.
William K. Brohm, assistant secretary ot
the Army for manpower and reserve affaii
explains that "tho popular jobs are the_
ones for which people enlist. They do%‘.t
enlist for the hard-core combat skil‘ '
That is v^^y draftees tend to populate
hard-cora;combat skills';, 1Q% of the
+ ..,r onnrt ar-hT 11 c-'TV arp dra 'l
If you aren't afraid to work, and if yci
can write, or are willing to leSrn, wc
want ycu. Contact Frank Austin, II6 wew
ha.ll; hiss Janet otone;; Allen Scitnci’,
llh hew hall; hiss Pat.i\icia Butler, 302
nontreat-A-ndersen hall; or any other
staff member for further info.rr/iotion.
THh h’hvSPAPFR w:cicomt'S mate.id.al from all
sources within or outsid;
n.nderson commiinity, whether in agre.-ment
or disagi-ecment with the views espressed
in these pages.
t.-.y, armet’’ and artillery are draf^i^.*"
A defense Department manpower expbrt,;,.^^ ;
who refused to be quoted by name, told_ a"'"
reporter for National Joulrnal^ a newslette
which requested the Army study, that
studied this problem very refuliy. PecplJ’
don't deem to enlist in-the Army to fight.
'tie recognize the ihsghity this caufj^;S^ in
a shooting war, but we don't know what to.,
do about it." y:.
College graduates are slightly less ' '■
likely^to be assigned to ctmbat'duty
■but.thare are no figures separating’-^rafte|s
from e-nlistecs among college .ghaduate^
3(^o2% of the graduates who entered..We
Army in 1969 were assigned to combaj/\jobs,
vompared with the overall rate of hi*%.
61% of,the graduates were draftee's.
^The higher'"death rate of draftees'in
\ietnam hav-.. been .anded by. an
ment to the- military protiurement bill,,
which would h§ve barred the sending of
dra.ftees. to Yietnam unless they voluntecirl
to go. The amendraent, author.ed*by'Sqm*
William Proxmire, (D-Wisc.) .was r^j'BUted
by a vote of 22-71. (Among those voting 1
"no" Wore Senatqrs Jordan and lidwin of '.
, The Army says, it, has- ncr figured^ on lAle
cnanccs of a drhftqe .^erv^ng in Vietpagi,
but other figures indfeate thst'8,"'‘*^
to Vietnam each mc|it,h.
The montnly-'-draft call has been runhi'ng'
of all draftles.
in the Arm,'
Nere serving in Vietnam oriv
■ July 1, compsredTwxth 2^W o£ first - Ui&
GJi.LiL si} ccis .* 1 j".
Mejny pc-r.^ionsj 3jric'Xudxr?g" Son. Projjcniire-
feel that the thre;-yer.r erJ.iStt;ds sfiiuid
not bt. able to opt out of combat while.'
draftees must fight; the-Army is appar—
ently unwilling to r.;mtve the provision ,
becouse enlistmdjts might drop, foro-in-'^ a
drastic rise in draft calls. "As strange
as it sounds,-," Brahm said, "only'*b00 .
yo,..ng men a month out of 200 million Am
enlisting for combat. If we
went to an all-voluntcor force' in Vietnam', 1-
it's conceivable that that's all w-- rnd'^ht