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Old 06-07-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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All this draft talk makes me wonder how today's youth would react to an actual draft.
They wouldn't go. Times have changed. If we ever face another existential threat, a draft would fly .. short of that, it wouldn't.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:00 PM
 
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Default Marine draftees

I Was drafted from Detroit On January 10 1966 into the the Marine Corps. There were 80 of us in line and they took the first 16 to the Corps. Well if you don't think the Marine Corps drafted, I was from England, been in the U.S 1 year. A guy in the same 16 was from Wales. They drafted aliens with green cards. Irony..I had been in the country 1 year, spent 2 in the corps, I was not eligible for citizenship until I had been here for 5 years. Ive had people tell me I've been lying for years.
Semper Fi, Alvar Green 66-68
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:29 AM
 
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I Was drafted from Detroit On January 10 1966 into the the Marine Corps. There were 80 of us in line and they took the first 16 to the Corps. Well if you don't think the Marine Corps drafted, I was from England, been in the U.S 1 year. A guy in the same 16 was from Wales. They drafted aliens with green cards. Irony..I had been in the country 1 year, spent 2 in the corps, I was not eligible for citizenship until I had been here for 5 years. Ive had people tell me I've been lying for years.
Semper Fi, Alvar Green 66-68

I'll bet your DD-214 is an interesting read
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:53 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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And there were British citizens who enlisted in the Marine Corps. Met one while I was stationed at Henderson Hall Virginia in 1967. The Brits also ran a jungle warfare school in Johore Bahru Malaysia and accepted American forces as trainees. The Marines also had a number of Canadians who were either drafted or enlisted. There is an active Vietnam Veterans of Canada group up North. I enlisted in the Marines and went to MCRD San Diego in 1966 with two draftees. They were in their mid 20's, married and not happy campers. But the did their job and served. Don't think that would happen today.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Middletown, DE
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A high school friend was drafted into the Marines in late 65. He had gone for his physicals, etc. and went back a month later for his induction. Just before they were sworn in, a Marine came down the line and picked every other guy in the line to be a Marine. Said he damn near wet himself.
Yes, that actually happened. It almost happened to me.

June 1965 at the induction station, Ft Holabird, MD. Back in those days the Army would guarantee the MOS of your choice in exchange for a three or four year enlistment, depending on the training, so long as you qualified. I had enlisted right out of high school. I was not a good enough student or athlete to get a scholarship, and there was no money for college. Getting drafted was an absolute certainty so I decided to give them an extra year in exchange for not being cannon fodder.

About 20 of us were lined up in a room about to take take the oath. It was a mix if draftees and enlistees. There was a Marine NCO there, which seemed odd. Just before the oath the officer in charge asked if anyone wanted to be a Marine. No one volunteered. The Marine went down the lines and picked out every third or fourth guy. I was one of them. I spoke up about my enlistment guarantee. They didn't realize not all of us were draftees! So they separated us and did it again. That Marine gathered up their paper work and walked away with four very confused new Marine draftees.
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Old 09-16-2017, 04:18 PM
 
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Yes, that actually happened. It almost happened to me.

June 1965 at the induction station, Ft Holabird, MD. Back in those days the Army would guarantee the MOS of your choice in exchange for a three or four year enlistment, depending on the training, so long as you qualified. I had enlisted right out of high school. I was not a good enough student or athlete to get a scholarship, and there was no money for college. Getting drafted was an absolute certainty so I decided to give them an extra year in exchange for not being cannon fodder.

About 20 of us were lined up in a room about to take take the oath. It was a mix if draftees and enlistees. There was a Marine NCO there, which seemed odd. Just before the oath the officer in charge asked if anyone wanted to be a Marine. No one volunteered. The Marine went down the lines and picked out every third or fourth guy. I was one of them. I spoke up about my enlistment guarantee. They didn't realize not all of us were draftees! So they separated us and did it again. That Marine gathered up their paper work and walked away with four very confused new Marine draftees.



I witnessed the same thing in 1968 in Chicago. Only difference was after he asked for 10 guys to volunteer to be marines with no show of hands.................he swept his hand at 10 guys seated in the front row............."you ten guys, you are now united states Marines"
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale
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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"
That's interesting. I read the book "Combat Medic" which had several historical narratives about different branches of the service for corpsmen. One of the accounts was of a Navy medic who had joined and thought he would be on a ship. He did not know that the US Marines took their combat medics from the Navy.

So the guy who thought he would be safe out at sea on a ship as a combat medic wound up by the DMZ with Marines deep in the most dangerous fire fights. The book pointed out the irony.

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Old 09-23-2017, 02:44 PM
 
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February 21, 1966 Selective Service in Newark NJ drafted Marines.

They asked for volunteers. By the time my friend and I decided to volunteer they already had their quota.
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