You've Been Drafted!
To join the U.S armed forces
Selective Service System
Draft of 1969
Who Was Drafted?
- Most came from poor or middle class families, very few were rich
- Men who were not in college
- Men who had no physical disabilities
- Men who were in good health
First Lottery held since 1942
The draft that took place on December 1st, 1969 was the first draft held since 1942.
These are the capsules where the slips of papers were placed, numbered 1-366.
This is arguably the most famous poster encouraging young men to join the army.
Vietnam War American Troop Levels
Avoiding the Draft
Many tried to avoid the draft, because they believed that it was unfair. They did whatever they could to get out of the draft, and thought of the most creative ways to do so. Some got a deferment, from wealthy people, smoked ink-dipped cigarettes to fake turberculosis, and went countless nights without sleep to give themselves temporary bad health. These were known as "Draft-Dodgers", a term that was extremly popular during the Vietnam War.. A large majority of these draft-dodgers fled to Canada, as well as Sweden, France, and the United Kindgdom. The brave men who did stay were outraged at the thought of going back to war and as a result, anti-war protests and marches began to break out throughout America.
Many people disagreed with America's decision on going to war with Vietnam
Marches and protests were held during the late 60's and early 70's.
Burning of Draft Card
This was done by men to show how they felt about war and the unfairness of the draft.
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