Date of Award

Fall 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

James R. Sweeney

Committee Member

D. Alan Harris

Committee Member

John W. Kuehl

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47T62


This thesis presents an intensive study of the nature and scope of the Selective Service System in an effort to analyze the system that became the focal point of growing discontent with the Vietnam War. The primary objective is to determine whether the Selective Service System equitably executed its congressionally mandated objective of raising military manpower. In order to ascertain whether the System operated with balance and fairness, its structure and procedures are examined. The study of the Selective Service System's structure 'necessitated an analysis of the characteristics and backgrounds of both administrators and those who met the System's quotas for military manpower.

The thesis adduces evidence to show that the System failed to draft young men equitably for the armed forces. The System was unable to overcome the inherent inequity which exists in any society where the number of available men exceeds the number required by the military.


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