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Old 10-04-2014, 03:15 PM
 
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Both my cousin and I were drafted. Me into the Army my cousin into the Marines. We both served in Vietnam. A friend of mine was drafted into the Navy. They tried to convince him to extend to 4 years but he declined. His punishment was they made him a lifeguard at an officer's club in Florida.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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When I was at the Armed Forces Entrence and Examining Center in Omaha in December of 1971 Somebody in khakis came up to the men ahead of me and said, "You four men, you're going to be Marines!" In Boot Camp there was one recruit who seemed to be ancient--though he was probably only 27 or 28. Word was that he'd run out of deferrments and had to serve so chose the Navy. While in transit I met a man who was in the Air Force. He explained that he'd been drafted, but when he failed his
Army physical he was told that because he had been drafted he would still have to serve and was to pick out one of the other services. So he chose the Air Force. My Cousin was drafted into the Air Force, liked it and made a career of it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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The average IQ in the Marines went UP during the 1960's because of the draftees.
Probably true, but more famous were "MacNamera's 100,000". Each year 100,000 men were turned down from military service for lack of intelligence. Then-Defence Secretary MacNamera ordered the Military to take these men in anyway and find jobs for them. We were warned to be on the lookout for these guys. They were apt to turn the power on while we were working on the equipment set off the ejection seat while you're in there and and apply so many coats of paint hatches on guns won't seal proppery and won't fire, and all sorts of other mischief because they were too dumb to know what they're doing.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:07 AM
 
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...and roughly half of the Marines sent over in '50 when SHTF were WW II vets, confirmed by people I know who were called up, and 3 books I've read about the Korean War.

One guy I know enlisted in the Coast Guard during Vietnam, he ended up at MEPS in Buffalo during '66, and sure enough 10 or so from the draftees in his group were "volunteered" for the Marines.

Semper Fidelis
I may have been one of the married guys, PLT 184 28march66
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:11 AM
 
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I was drafted on march 28, 1966, to San Diego PLT 184
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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MARINE CORPS HAD TWO DRAFTS Spring AND summer of 1951
I and 2 friends enlisted in Aug OF 1951 from PA---------WE were sent to PARIS ISLAND from Pa (by train) with 2 carloads of
draftees from NJ , MASS, NY & PA
Lived in "TENT CITY"
There was a platoon of over 90 draftees from Porto Rico training close to us also.
Harry Truman signed orders for CORPS to accept Black NAVY/ARMY cooks, etc with NCO rank to SHIP-OVER
and maintain their rank (without boot camp) and went to NCO school. (99% sure of that)
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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March 16 1966. MCRD San Diego. Quonset huts and tents.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I did meet one guy drafted into the Marines. He said it was Jan of 66.

The reason I asked is after I returned from the Navy, many people called me a liar when I said I got drafted into the Navy ( even Navy men)

They usually said-------" you got your draft notice,then enlisted in the Navy"
I was in the US Navy from 60 to 66 and I would have said the same thing. Not that I was correct.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:52 PM
 
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I was drafted 2/66, PI , Camp Lajuene, San De, Okinawa, 13mo,20 day vietnam,northern sector, Carroll-, Khe san, Dong ha, Phubi, rock pile ,ba long valley, Frisco & out in 2/68. 84 showed up for draft, 4 of us went to the corps, never regret it. Semper-fi
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Old 06-05-2016, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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I was drafted Feb 68...remember a few out of the bunch going to the MC..surprised me..had never heard of it until then..but I do remember some of the officers trying to talk us into signing up for an extra year promising us our choice of duty station..yeah right..no thanks..and sure enough, most of those that did ended up going to Nam anyway.
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