Drafted! 1970

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1970 was the year that I turned 18 years old and registered for the draft as required by law. Up until then, the U.S. had been drafting approximately 200,000 to 300,000 kids a year between the ages of 18 and 26 years old.  Being young and strong and healthy, and with no medical or student deferment, my draft classification was 1-A. I knew that I was the perfect draft candidate. 1970 was also the first year of the draft lottery…….

Of course, I was well aware of the Vietnam War, everybody was. The war news and antiwar protest news permeated society. My parents never missed the evening news with Walter Cronkite. There were always plenty of graphic news stories of traumatic events being shown right on our living room TV………..

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