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16. HOW THE DRAFT HAS CHANGED SINCE VIETNAM
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If a draft were held today, it would be dramatically different from the one held during the Vietnam War. A series of reforms during the latter part of the Vietnam conflict changed the way the draft operated to make it more fair and equitable. If a draft were held today, there would be fewer reasons to excuse a man from service.

Before Congress made improvements to the draft in 1971, a man could qualify for a student deferment if he could show he was a full-time student making satisfactory progress toward a degree.


Under the current draft law, a college student can have his induction postponed only until the end of the current semester. A senior can be postponed until the end of the academic year.

If a draft were held today, local boards would better represent the communities they serve.
The changes in the new draft law made in 1971 included the provision that membership on the boards was required to be as representative as possible of the racial and national origin of registrants in the area served by the board.

A draft held today would use a lottery to determine the order of call.
Before the lottery was implemented in the latter part of the Vietnam conflict, Local Boards called men classified 1-A, 18 1/2 through 25 years old, oldest first. This resulted in uncertainty for the potential draftees during the entire time they were within the draft-eligible age group. A draft held today would use a lottery system under which a man would spend only one year in first priority for the draft - either the calendar year he turned 20 or the year his deferment ended. Each year after that, he would be placed in a succeedingly lower priority group and his liability for the draft would lessen accordingly. In this way, he would be spared the uncertainty of waiting until his 26th birthday to be certain he would not be drafted.
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  -Bush's Selective Service to soon conduct NATIONWIDE DRAFT "EXERCISES"! Dems Will Win  Apr-17-04 03:10 PM   #0 
  - Time for my 17-year old son to begin learning all about Canada  boobooday   Apr-17-04 03:12 PM   #1 
  - Don't count on it  AGD4y2357y   Apr-17-04 04:25 PM   #22 
     - Send him to Jamaica or Belize instead  DesertedRose   Apr-17-04 04:38 PM   #26 
        - I have family in the Virgin Islands, St. Croix--since this is still  holyrollerdem   Apr-17-04 04:41 PM   #27 
           - No  AGD4y2357y   Apr-17-04 05:33 PM   #36 
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  - fortunately incorrect, Kerry has a NO-DRAFT Plan  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 03:20 PM   #5 
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  - One major difference....  yardwork   Apr-17-04 03:23 PM   #6 
  - I'm afraid of the same thing. Smirk has made us so many new..  Kahuna   Apr-17-04 03:56 PM   #17 
  - We should place copies of this on campuses...  displacedtexan   Apr-17-04 03:16 PM   #3 
  - Yes!  Confound_W   Apr-17-04 03:40 PM   #13 
  - And wear your BUSH 2004=DRAFT2005 button everywhere!  Cronus   Apr-17-04 03:58 PM   #18 
     - That's the spirit!  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 04:37 PM   #25 
  - Time for me to lose my glasses  chair094   Apr-17-04 03:16 PM   #4 
  - This is serious business  bluestateguy   Apr-17-04 03:23 PM   #7 
  - You didn't ask, but they'll be tellin'  Wright Patman   Apr-17-04 03:26 PM   #8 
  - Sorry, no more gay OR student deferments  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 03:35 PM   #11 
  - HOW THE DRAFT HAS CHANGED SINCE VIETNAM  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 03:41 PM   #16 
  - Guess I'm Lucky On All Counts!  Schwannzeichen   Apr-17-04 04:18 PM   #20 
     - he he he  chair094   Apr-17-04 04:32 PM   #23 
        - Borrow a seeing eye dog.  Wwagsthedog   Apr-17-04 04:55 PM   #30 
           - I don't know where I could 'borrow' one  chair094   Apr-17-04 05:25 PM   #34 
           - While I Wouldn't Advise That...  Schwannzeichen   Apr-17-04 05:27 PM   #35 
  - Some organization like move-on should hold mock lotteries  JPJones   Apr-17-04 03:32 PM   #9 
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  - Damn them all!  Confound_W   Apr-17-04 03:34 PM   #10 
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     - I appreciate the translation  symbolman   Apr-17-04 04:35 PM   #24 
        - The Pre-defined Readiness Objectives are paper docs and not  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 05:18 PM   #32 
  - I hope this gets wide broadcast because it will be the single factor that  The Backlash Cometh   Apr-17-04 04:22 PM   #21 
  - Kick  DesertedRose   Apr-17-04 04:45 PM   #29 
  - Time to revive and revise this song  latebloomer   Apr-17-04 05:14 PM   #31 
  - Uh-oh, now you got me goin'! From Country Joe's Vietnam Rag  Dems Will Win   Apr-17-04 05:25 PM   #33 
  - eek  JohnKleeb   Apr-17-04 09:25 PM   #37 
 

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