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The Draft

The Vietnam War inspired mass protests and demonstrations against the draft and war in general. In 1969, draftees accounted for 88 percent of the Army infantry forces in Vietnam. Those in college received student deferments, making most of the soldiers fighting the war from non-college, working class families, especially African-Americans. Thousands of draftees who did not want to fight and were not eligible for deferment fled to Canada and other countries to avoid military service

.In 1972, draftees were no longer sent to Vietnam and on January 27, 1973, the draft was repealed. Draft registration was suspended after 1975 and then re-established by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Today, there is compulsory draft registration for all 18-year old males, who must register at their local post office within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register for the draft is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.





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