Vietnam War Draft

During the Vietnam War, American troops were drafted into the War through a lottery. This occurred from 1969 to 1972, and thousands of American soldiers were drafted into the Army to go fight in the Vietnam War. Americans weren’t happy with the Government’s decision to get involved in the war in Vietnam. The government feared that North Vietnam would enable communism to spread across the nation, and eventually come into North America. USA warned other nations about the possible war on Vietnam, and Australia and New Zealand joined forces with South Vietnam to fight against Viet Cong. Since USA was not alone in this, the administration went ahead and sent in their military equipment and troops to fight off the Viet Cong.

A UH-1D helicopter piloted by Maj. Bruce P. Crandall climbs skyward after discharging a load of US infantrymen on a search and destroy mission.

A UH-1D helicopter piloted by Maj. Bruce P. Crandall climbs skyward after discharging a load of US infantrymen on a search and destroy mission.

The main objective of the war in Vietnam was to bring down North Vietnam and Viet Cong and to disable the communism concept from its roots. As many people in states were unwilling to get drafted into the Army, the Vietnam War draft was introduced. This allowed the Generals and Commanders to draft new and young men into the military for proposed training. All the new men who joined the Army would be put through an intensive training period and they would be sent out to serve in the Vietnam War. Many of these young men did quite well in the war and received notable awards such as the Silver Star and the Medal of Honour. The draft was not just conducted for a few men, but millions.

American’s didn’t like the fact that the lottery system was brought into play for the Vietnam War, but it had to be done. The Selective Service of the Army used the lottery system to bring in new men to the field for training. Some men went to several extremes just to be able to not fight the war in Vietnam. The Vietnam War drafts were conducted on the basis of the number you got. If you got a high number assigned to your birthday, you would be drafted into the Army to serve. There are hundreds of stories from the soldiers who served in the Vietnam War. Many of these stories are very heart warming knowing that they left their children and loved ones.

It is estimated that about seventy thousand young men from USA fled to Canada to avoid being drafted by the lottery. These seventy thousand men then took civilization in Canada and remained there. During the 1969 Vietnam War draft lottery, CBS Television took live coverage and broadcasted the service throughout the states. Some online resources may still include the link to the CBS live video coverage of the 1969 Vietnam War draft lottery.