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than out the Army ene- the was sched the strike wage if strike February Draft Call Is 53J WASHINGTON (UP) -- The Defense Department today ordered Selective Service to draft 53,000 men during February, all to be assigned to the Army. This will be the largest monthly draft call since March, 1951, 80,000 men were called, and one the largest calls since inductions began in September, 1950. A total of 50,000 draftees were called in September and October of 1950 and 70,000 in November 1950. The call dropped to 40,000 in December of that year. The draft calls were 80,000 each for the months of January, February, February, and March, 1951. Draft dropped substantially after that, the lowest calls being 7,000 in December, 1951. The calls picked up again In the fall, rising to each for the months of October, November, and December. The call for next January is 48,000. The call for February brings 1,255,430 the number of men to called into military s e r v through the draft. Of this total, 1,174,000 have been for the Army and 81,430 for the Marine Corps. The last draftees taken by the Marine Corps were last May. Â·The Defense Department announcement announcement today said the higher calls are to replace men who completed their two years of active active service and to maintain ap proved Army strength of 1,552,000. The announcement said the increase increase in the February call reflects reflects the number of men who have completed their service and will be eligible for release.