Women and the draft


To the Editor:

Now that women are going to be required to register for the selective service and draft I'd like to explain a few things. First off, the lottery was not the method of drafting men during the Vietnam War. I read this and was amazed that people believe this. The Nam War started during April of 1964 and ended in 1973. The men drafted were from that period of time. The draft was controlled by local draft boards and the president and federal government made the draft policies. In 1968 college graduates were the priority. No more college deferments were allowed. Mostly poor or lower middle class men were drafted during Nam. Yes, there were draft lotteries, but not until December 1, 1969. So, most of the draftees were selected by their local draft boards. There were 1,728,384 men drafted during Vietnam. Over 17,000 were killed. There was a total of over 3 million men serving in Vietnam and 47,378 killed.

It's an all-volunteer army now and the draft will not be used again. Today's army is technical and motivated men/women serve willingly. There's no need for a draft.

The draft lottery was not a factor during Vietnam. This was a half-baked attempt to make the draft fair. The war was winding down and the lottery had no impact. Just for the record, I was drafted while attending Adelphi University in 1968 and I joined the USAF Medical Staff at Travis AFB in sunny Calif.

Thomas King



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