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Student Deferment in Selective Service

Executive Order No. 10230 (March 31, 1951) amended the Selective Service Act of 1948 and authorized a testing program that allowed enrolled freshman through senior full-time students to take a test for possible deferment from military service in order to continue study in programs necessary to the national health, safety or interest.  Possible deferment of college students was based on a satisfactory test score of 70.  Seniors accepted for admission into graduate school might be deferred if their test score was at least 75.

Summary of Selective Service College Qualification Test Administrations
May 1951 to May 1952*
Test Date Number of Centers Registrants Tested Percentage Obtaining Score of 70 or Above
FIRST SERIES
     
May 26, 1951 1,006 165,027 65
June 16, 1951 1,036 106,832 62
June 30, 1951 1,037  64,003 61
July 12, 1951   273    3,204 58
Total 3,352 339,066 64
       
SECOND SERIES
     

December 13, 1951

1,000 19,574 61

April 24, 1952

1,001 48,809 57

May 22, 1952

   521  5,943 57
Total 2,522 74,326 58
GRAND TOTAL 5,044 413,392 63
*Source: Student Deferment in Selective Service: A Vital Factor in National Security  by M.H. Trytten, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1952, page 68.  [KWE Note: This 140-page book is an excellent, detailed source of information about Selective Service deferment in 1952.]
 
 

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