[sixties-l] Vietnam War Draft

From: Joe McDonald (joe@countryjoe.com)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 04:22:28 CUT

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    Quote from the ARIZONA REPUBLIC from an op ed piece titled THERE'S NO

        "Between 1964 and 1973, the Selective Service says 1,766,910 young
    men were drafted into the military. The first year the government
    staged a draft "lottery" was 1969. It was on TV Just as the war was on

        For that first lottery, 366 blue plastic capsules containing birth
    dates were placed in a large glass jar and drawn by hand. The first
    capsule to be removed contained the date Sept 14. It meant that all men
    born on Sept 14 between 1944 and 1950 were assigned NO 1. Many were in
    high school or just out."

        I know that Draft Board members were picked on an "friends and
    neighbors" basis. But i do not understand this whole process and how it
    came about. Does anyone know a good source for learning about the
    details of the Vietnam War Draft? Or does anyone have their own
    experience with or on a draft board or in a lottery? cheers, country
    joe mcdonald

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