Setting of the draft age at eighteen years of age for young men for military service brought about certain considerations on the age at which young men should be ordained elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood. On the basis of individual worthiness young men might now be ordained elders at the age of eighteen. The former recommended age was nineteen years of age.
[Source: 1943-August 13-Original circular letter, L.D.S. Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]