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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Ford Announces Clemency Program for Deserters and Draft Evaders

September 16, 1974
Ford Announces Clemency Program for Deserters and Draft Evaders

President Gerald R. Ford announces a clemency program for draft evaders and military deserters. The program runs through March 31, 1975, and requires fugitives to take an oath of allegiance and also perform up to two years of community service. Out of an estimated 124,000 men eligible, about 22,500 take advantage of the offer.

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