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    The United States Government held another military service "draft lottery" in Washington on Thursday (August 5) despite the expiry of the conscription law.

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    The United States Government held another military service "draft lottery" in Washington on Thursday (August 5) despite the expiry of the conscription law. The lottery, based on a pure chance system of numbers and dates drawn from revolving drums, was held in the Department of Commerce auditorium in front of an audience of youths eligible for military service and their worried wives and mothers. The day before, the House of Congress approved a new conscription bill, but opposition has delayed its final hearing in the Senate -- without which it cannot become law.

    SYNOPSIS: The United States Government held another "draft lottery" on Thursday, in the face of some opposition, to select its next batch of military recruits for next year. Eligible youths were selected for compulsory military service in the normal system of pure chance -- numbers and dates picked out of a revolving drum. Lottery Director Mr. Curtis Car defended the system.....

    The lottery, held in Washington's Department of Commerce, went ahead despite the fact that America's conscription law expired in June. The day before the lottery, watched by anxious youths, wives and mothers, Congress approved a new conscription law -- but opposition in the Senate has delayed its hearing there. Without Senate approval, it cannot become law -- so unwilling draftees selected is Thursday's lottery still have a chance of evading military service.

    In the lottery from 1-365, the number of days in the year, are drawn out of one drum. Dates are drawn from the other,and the two figures matched. If February the 10th is matched to number 21, for example, it means that those youths who become nineteen on that day are 21st on the list of possible draftees. Only 19-years-olds are eligible. Therefore, the higher the number, the less chance of being drafted. In addition, Senate opposition has new lessened the chances of conscription even further.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LUE7D0319OG6IQ73IVMJO2CT
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LUE7D0319OG6IQ73IVMJO2CT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:11:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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