Documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss the draft and its role in the Vietnam War.
During the Vietnam War young American men faced the possibility of being involuntarily drafted into military service, but there were many ways to avoid it with certain connections. “If you’ve got the dough,” it was said, “you don’t have to go.”
As the war went on, selective service requirements, deferments and exemptions changed in an effort to make the draft appear more fair. One of those changes was the institution of a draft lottery, which gave young men a random number between 1 and 366 corresponding to their birthdays. Lower numbers were called first.
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