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Professor Sax advocates that unconditional amnesty should be granted to Vietnam draft evaders and deserters, and he contends that the condition of alternative service imposed by President Ford, while superficially attractive to some, is unsupported by an acceptable rationale. While I harbor misgivings concerning the grant of any type of amnesty for Vietnam evaders and deserters, I have concluded that amnesty should be given provided that it is conditioned on the performance of some service such as that required by President Ford's program. Obviously, this places me squarely at issue with Professor Sax, and I will attempt to detail the specific areas where our analyses or perspectives diverge.