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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1189
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard core unemployed.
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, statement on the need for training or rehabilitation of Selective Service rejectees, September 30, 1963.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 753.
SUBJECTS: Military service