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This report analyzes physical disqualification among enlistees in a zero-draft environment. To help determine the standards that might reasonably be set, it compares U.S. standards with those used by the armed forces of other advanced nations, and with those used by the private sector. To analyze directly how chronic physical conditions affect time lost from work and hospitalization, it uses data from the Health Interview Survey. Based on these results, nine areas are identified where current standards might be relaxed, the effect of these changes on enlistments is calculated, and cost estimates are presented for the increased medical discharge rates that might result.

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