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  •  By 1972, the war was practically over. (9+ / 0-)

    Bravado was easier at that point, with much less risk of consequences, is all I'm saying.

    Strange to see a post like this, all these years later. I was no hawk, didn't want to serve. But I was drafted, and made no effort to avoid it. Figured if I managed to get out of it, someone else would have to go in my place, and I couldn't convince myself that I was worth more than that person. So the latter-day spit-bragging rings a little, what, stuck in the past. Or something.

    While I was in Vietnam my wife attended anti-war rallies and worked for the McGovern campaign. She was in SDS in college; when I graduated I wore a peace sign and a beard. I think it was the stupidest and most senseless war we fought, until Iraq. And it snuffed a lot of young lives, for no good at all.

    But at this point in my life, I'm glad I served and saw it first hand. Vietnam changed our country forever, and it was the seminal even of my generation. Don't mean to sound holier than thou. But my reaction to this post is, at best, that it's a relic of past time, and surprising that it appears now. Maybe I missed something.

    •  I read this as an example of not accepting (4+ / 0-)
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      CanyonWren, PhilJD, JesseCW, melfunction

      a drafting into military service for "meat grinder" wars as an automatic fate, although the method of demonstrating such seemed . . . unorthodox.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 07:46:03 AM PDT

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    •  Even more over than you think (1+ / 0-)
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      The lottery drawing held February 2, 1972, determined the order in which men born in 1953 were called to report for induction into the military.

      This lottery was conducted for men who would have been called in 1973; however, no new draft orders were issued after 1972.

      Put simply, Phil wasn't going anywhere he didn't want to go regardless.

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