How likely were you to be drafted during the Vietnam war?
May 4, 2012 6:43 AM Subscribe
How likely were you to be drafted during the Vietnam war if you were eligible?
posted by dukes909 to Grab Bag (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a friend who recently had a birthday - he turned 59. Not long ago, for no reason and because I was just curious I asked if he was drafted during Vietnam war. He told he wasn't because he was too young then.
Later I started thinking about this. If he's 59 now that means he was 18 in 1971 and 19 in 1972. How would this be too young to be drafted?
My bigger question is how likely was a man to be drafted during Vietnam, and what was the average age? Is there anywhere to see statistics regarding male population in the US during that time, their age, and the number drafted or enlisted?
What percentage of "Vietnam era" men today would have served?