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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - September 23, 1966, Bennington, Vermont County draft boards work escalates to meet growing military needs Honni Wigton manner f riday september 23, 19hfi�?5 boy scout notes by Paul Hurlburt recent press reports indicate that . Military forces have grown by some 500,000 Van Vici ten Graves since september of last year. They also note that october s draft Call for 49,200 men will be the highest since the korean War. Furthermore it has been reported that several thousand men classified As fit for service11 Only in time of War or National emergency Quot will be drafted next month As the first of some 40,000 in that category to be drafted during the next to months. These ominous though seemingly Remote National figures mean for Bennington county men concerned about their draft status that the Odds of being drafted this year Are greater than they were say four years ago. A of in 1962 eleven county men were drafted by the local selective service Board according to figures released by Board clerk mrs. Viola Conley. Seven of the la actually volunteered to be drafted supposedly because they wanted to be called at a time of their own choosing. Last year in contrast the local Board drafted 24 men mrs. Conley reports. There were no volunteers. On the other hand Vermont has always ranked extremely High among the states in its number of enlistees in proportion to total population. It now ranks among the top to states and territories according to Merton e. Ashton state Deputy director of the selective service system. And As More men enlist fewer Are drafted so that Vermont ranks Low in the number of draftees it yields in proportion to total population. Vermont a draft quota for this month for example is Only 26, Ashton says. But if the quota were determined strictly by Vermont a percentage of the total . Population it would be 74. It is also True that except for the last three months of 1965, the number of inductees from Bennington county has remained fairly constant in the last several years. October november and december of last year were unusual months for the local Board with Agostini draft Calls amounting to More than four for each month. The same situation could Well occur again this year. Though Vermont a quota for september is Only 26, Deputy director Ashton notes that in october Vermont has been asked to draft 69 men who will of course be apportioned among the local boards depending upon their available manpower. A of Why have the first nine months been so much slower than the last two or three these last two years Ashton explains that the first few months of the year Are customarily Light because the department of defense in Washington which determines both state and local quotas is holding off to find out How Many men Are going to enlist. Recruitment normally Rise in june As men finish school and join the service. Then As recruitment ease off toward fall inductions begin to Rise though they have done so to an even greater extent than usual these last two years. The War in Viet Nam is undoubtedly having an effect on the military status of Young men in Vermont. Yet How great an effect remains unclear. National reports remind us that the 19-year-old draftee is becoming a common phenomenon on the american scene that married men without children Are now finding themselves subject to the draft that College students with poor Marks Are losing their student deferments and that enlistments increasingly seem to be motivated by a desire to avoid the draft. To what extent of at All Are these recent National developments reflected in the functioning of the Bennington county selective service Board toward the end of last year when draft Calls both nationally and locally Rose in dramatic fashion for a Brief period a few 19-year-Olds were drafted in Bennington county hut these men were All within weeks of their 20th birthday mrs. Conley reports. In the return to normalcy that has followed no 19-year-Olds were drafted until last july when two both near age 20, received their Calls. A of mrs. Conley Points out that registrants Between the Ages of 19 and 26 classified As 1-a, a available for military service a Are inducted in order according to age from oldest to youngest. It is therefore misleading to say that 19 is becoming the most eligible age for an inductee because older men recently reclassified As 1-a, can be drafted at any time and will always take precedence if they Are not past the age of 26. This month for example no 19-year-Olds Are expected to be tapped by the local Board. Nevertheless the troop buildup in Viet Nam has resulted in the removal of a Large number of older men from the Pool of available and that Means inevitably that the Pool must contain a significantly increased percentage of 19-year-Olds. But the War is not the Only Factor responsible for this situation. According to Deputy director Ashton the increasing percentage of men older than 19 attending College each year and consequently being deferred has also tended to Drain older men from the Pool of available. The number of vocational and Trade schools has mushroomed in recent years and they too Are taking Large numbers of Post-19-year-Olds, he adds. A of on the question of whether the local Board has been drafting married men without children the answer is yes and that too was last october and november when the Call was unusually High. Five such people at the most were drafted notes mrs. Conley. Nevertheless their Supply apparently has been exhausted for at the present there Are no married men aged 19 to 26, without children registered with the Board in the 1-a classification. Adds local Board member Paul Bohne or. Of Harwood Hill a your Board has drafted married men without children but we make doubly sure that no children Are on the Way before placing these men in a 1-a classification. Reclassification of students to determine if they qualify for deferment within the newly adopted guidelines is still underway mrs. Conley reports. Some students have failed to qualify but they have All been deferred by statute till the end of the current academic year she notes. Thus they will be Able to return to school where they will have the oppor John l. Whalen Unity to either raise their grades or take a special achievement test to regain their student deferments she says. Mrs. Conley estimates that roughly 25 students in the county will be affected by the new restrictions. A the selective service has quite an effect on enlistments a Ashton notes. A a Large number of the men we need now could not be furnished without the pressure exerted by our selective service system a he asserts noting that an increase in the draft Call almost always prompts an increase in enlistments presumably because men who know they Are liable to be drafted decide they want the advantage of choosing which service they join. Correspondingly a decrease in the draft Call usually results in a decrease in enlistments Ashton says. Since last year those called for induction have been granted watchdog Oil heat service guards your Comfort is now is the time to Sei up one of our budget plans so you wont h ave any More problems with a a big heating b i 11 s i Why not Cau us today9 with Esso heating Oil backed by our Quot watchdog Quot service you can just sit Back and relax. J. H. Winslow plumbing amp heating Supply co. 303 depot Street Bennington 442-6308 . Bartlett the alternative of immediate enlistment. Last year 13 county men enlisted in the service after receiving draft notices according to mrs. Conley a figures. This of course Means that mrs. Conley must Send out additional draft notices if the Board is to fulfil its quota. Four men have already enlisted in this manner so far this year. Judging by what happened last fall it seems reasonable to expect that number to increase significantly if the local boards quota is raised in the next two months. With increased attention focused on draft boards around the country questions Are bound to arise about our own selective service Board. How does it operate who sits on it and what do its members thinks about the system the Bennington county Board is Small compared to most. With files that go Back to 1922, it has Only 4,784 living registrants according to mrs. Conley. Of this number 2,670 Are aged 26 or below. According to Ashton the boards Call for this month was for four men chosen solely by age from a Pool of 21 registrants in the 1-a classification listed As available to fill the Call for september. Though the total number of 1-a registrants for the county is 139, Many were not included in the Pool he Points out because they were either Over 26 or under 19, already under orders pending reclassification or review by Board members or perhaps temporarily deferred by statute. It has already been pointed out that the quota varies considerably from month to month and the same is True of the Pool though for different reasons. For next month the Pool has been enlarged to 28, according to mrs. Conley. Some 465 registrants have already completed Active duty while 380 Are now on Active duty including 30 men in uniform who were drafted. Military cadets certain career officers and 17-year-old servicemen too Young to be registered Are not included among the 380. A of five Middle aged or elderly men sit on the local Board Van Vechten Graves of Bennington chairman a lawyer who was once himself drafted by the local Board Bohne of Bennington a synoptic observer for the . Weather Breau known to area schoolchildren for his work with them in astronomy and meteorology . Bartlett of Manchester depot a retired Dairy manager Victor a. Agostini of Bennington lawyer and inventor of a fishing lure retriever and John l. Whalen of Arlington a lawyer whose son plans to enter the peace corps. These Are the men who meet afternoons once or twice a month to review or reclassify registrants on the basis of facts furnished them by the registrants themselves and in accordance with regulations and interpretations sent out by selective service Headquarters. All were appointed by the governor at one time or another upon recommendation by the other Board members and All serve without remuneration or political Reward. A when an appointment is partisan a notes Board member Whalen a there is usually something involved. But there a not much involved Here except Deputy director Ashton cites Only two qualifications which Board members must meet to be appointed. They must live in the county served by their Board and they cannot be Active or retired career officers in the armed forces. The latter requirement is to keep the military from possible tampering with Board activities Ashton explains. Board members tend to be Middle aged or older a like legislators a Ashton says and most Are familiar with the Young men in their communities. Though most find their work generally unpleasant they nevertheless tend to serve on the Board for years on end. Chairman Graves has served on the Board for Over 20 years a never since i got out of the says Bohne who has served since 1955, a this is not the Type of thing one gets into and out of again. After All we Are serving our country and doing work that needs to be the Board members examine each Case separately to determine in what classification to place a registrant. Usually they reach a decision by consensus though occasionally they take a formal vote. A a hardship cases those in which the registrant is needed at Home due to pressing personal circumstances can be particularly difficult to determine but most others tend to be fairly Cut and dried. Mrs. Conley the boards clerk for 16 years is employed by the . Civil service. She does All the paper work for the Board. When the Board receives its monthly quota she simply goes to her file of 1-a registrants and draws the required number with the oldest in the age group being called always coming first. There is nothing arbitrary about the manner in which Shes does this. Mrs. Conley also maintains correspondence with the registrants. Those who fail to comply with her requests for information or obey selective service system rules Are categorized As at the present time however there Are no delinquents on Active file with the local Board she reports adding a the boys Are very cooperative and understanding and usually quite Good about knowing what procedures Are expected of mrs. Conley herself incidentally has a son who is a career army Captain having just completed a 13-month tour of duty in Thailand and Korea. None of the Board members questioned expressed Complete satisfaction with the selective service system As it now operates. Three of them in fact said they would favor some form of Universal compulsory military service. On the other hand what criticism or suggestions the Board members had to make about the present system was far from outspoken. And none would like to see the draft done away with at least in the foreseeable future. Says Graves simply a i done to think it would be feasible to do away with the draft because i would suspect there be enough volunteers to meet perhaps the strongest advocate of the Universal draft is Bohne. A i fully agree with Secretary of defense Roberts Mcnamara that the Best Way to have Young people participate in the service is to change the Law so that every Young Man would have to serve mrs. Viola Conley though for a Shorter period than now regardless of occupation a he says. A this would eliminate any possibility of discrimination and every Man would get training that would be of use during an emergency Bartlett sees great value in peace corps Type workers but thinks if such people were exempted from the draft it might cause shortages in the available manpower for military pursuits. But he does say significantly a a there a no question we need peace corps workers in Viet Nam As much As soldiers of we Are to carry on and conclude that says Bohne a my own opinion is that a person would Render As much value serving in the peace corps As he would serving in the military he too though would not like to see peace corps Type workers exempted Given a a today a As one final question this reporter asked the Board members if they would Disfavour a registrant known to be a vocal critic of the War in Viet Nam. Bartlett Paul Bohne or. Who seemed to express the sentiment of All those questioned answered a we try to be As unbiased As possible. No we hold it against a person if he were known to protest the War a we Cive y North b Ennington Rood Bennington Vermont Cree a finast fabric softener Al Gal. Container do you know Fred amp Joe by Steve Rice troop 53 scribe its that time of year again. When the leaves turn color when the summer air makes its journey southward and Jack Frost makes his debut and when a boy scout Jamboree comes. All these statements could refer to the Taconic scout districts a Wood choppers Jamboree to be held sept. 30-oct. 2 at it. Tabor in East Dorset. The fall foliage and Cool autumn air will mix in for the seasonal Flavouring of the event. All troop 353 members Are planning to attend the festive weekend of camping contests and excitement. The scouts will be cooking their own meals Over open fires and camping out with their Buddles. The Cost of the Camporee will be $2.25 which includes 50 cents for insurance and Patch. This Money should be turned into scoutmaster Kendall Adams along with a signed permission slip by thursday sept. 29, at 3 p. In. The troop plans to leave for the Camporee at 4 . Friday the 30th All scouts Are asked to bring a bag supper so they will have time to set up Camp. Each scout is responsible for his own transportation both up and Back. Departure from the Jamboree will be i p. In. Sunday or noon if it is raining. The Road to it. Tabor is beyond Manchester before the Danby quarries on . 7 where a directional sign will be posted. From there you will notice a Road North of a Small cemetery. The camping grounds Are about one mile in on that Road. A of order of the Arrow ordeal returning from a weekend at Camp Sunrise were Wayne Jacobs Terry Hunt Martin Betts and Jock Irons who were there for the order of the Arrow Entrance ordeal. They All came Bate their jolts London up a the society of civil servants polled its members on working conditions and found that More than half of the younger civil servants hate their jobs. Through the weekend with flying colors passing the ordeal for membership in the special scouting order. All of us congratulate these four scouts but we wont be Able to learn what they went through As this is kept a secret. A journey a five troop353 scouts took a hike saturday up East Road Back Down Chapel Road and via a Trail Back into the Lyons District. Taking part were Paul Prescott David Page Alan Watson Kevin Jacobs and this writer. Another hike will take place this coming saturday beginning at 2 . With the Oneida Market on main Street being the meeting place. Destination is Camp Woodford and return. All second class scouts Are urged to come along they should bring a Compass Pencil paper and some food to Cook in aluminium foil. A of Chatterbox a safety Merit badges were presented to Stephen Grover and this writer at the troop meeting tuesday night. Speaking of jamborees scoutmaster Adams has expressed optimism that we May be Able to have a Camporee at Camp Woodford some time for troops in the Bennington area. New scouts who have joined the troop Are David Page and Michael Allard. Wayne Jacobs is planning to attend Phil mount ranch the scout reservation in new Mexico next summer. Tot Librock Speaks at i w meeting the first meeting of the area chapter of the american association of University women for 1966-67 was held monday evening at the Home of mrs. Marg Goddard. Assisting As hostesses for the covered dish supper were mrs. Elaine Carpenter and mrs. Joy Bischof. About 50 members and guests heard John Rothrock librarian at the Bennington free Library speak about his experiences last july in the Republic of South Africa. The next meeting will be held oct. 17. Anyone interested in becoming a member or attending a meeting please Contact mrs. Charles Salem Tel. 2-9224. It i i 1 rom la Ami Rig. To dawning dramatic. Hair fashions v for every hour distinctive. Cas Al. A. Sophisticated la to Morii it it n in s Ilos Tod a y the rendezvous \ or. George prop. It main St. North Adams 664-6326 hair pieces sold amp serviced Genth known for values Stringer savings for school open till 9 every night except sat. 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