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Old 09-16-2009, 12:43 PM
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As a 2 year draftee in the Navy ( 65-67), I was curious when and how many got drafted into the Navy and Marines.

I have searched the internet, but must not be looking in the right places.

Any one know? ( or know of others drafted into the Navy or Marines)

I doubt there were many of us.

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Old 09-16-2009, 03:56 PM
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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While I am not 100% sure, I have heard that the US Marine Corps did not accept draftees until the very late 1960s in order to preserve their status as an elite fighting force (never mind the fact that all the great armies in history have all been conscript armies).
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:32 PM
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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"
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:21 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I was drafted into the Army in May 1968. Some time after that I read somewhere that May 1968 was the largest Marine Corp draft ever. I saw people being inducted into the Marines while I was being drafted, they were at the Entrance Station.

I know a retired Navy Commissioned Officer who served in the Korean War, got out and was recalled to active duty for Vietnam. I thought he told me there were draftees in his unit. But it has been a while...

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:39 PM
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thanks for the info----Poncho
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:43 PM
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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.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:05 PM
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I remember the comment the Navy guy made as he escorted us 5 out of the induction center---------

He turned to me and said-------" I don't think the Army would want someone with your name being called--" Private"

( I have the name of a famous Army General -- first and last, no relation )
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:14 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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I enlisted in the Marine Corps and entered boot camp in San Diego in March of '66. Our platoon had a number of very reluctant draftees. Several of them were just under the cutoff date for draft eligibility and were married.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:26 PM
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I went for my physical in chicago induction center when I turned 18 in June of 68.I remember us all sitting in this big room after the physical.A lot of the guys were there for induction.This hard ass sargent said "I need X number army and 10 marines.Any volunteers for the marines???{ no hands,and you could hear a pin drop}All right you Sh*theads......Marines are always first.......you 10 here in the front row ,your now marines!!!"
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:22 PM
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I and 10 other inductees from Pulaski County, Indiana were transported to Indianapolis in January 1966. Near the conclusion of the process of the 165 Indiana total, they asked for volunteers for the USMC. They got 1 (from Pulaski County). For lack of volunteers they had us fill out a preference of the 4 branches. I listed Air Force 1st, then Navy, Army, and last USMC. Little good that did. At the end they named 11 additional as USMC recruits, me included. This included 3 total from Pulaski County (6th smallest in Indiana by population). In past research I learned that the Marines drafted in Jan & March 66. The odds of being drafted into the Marines was 5%. Don't know where I got this, but I do know about half my boot camp platoon was draftees. I have a news paper clipping from Jan 66 showing a "tent city" at MCRD San Diego that housed 20,000 Marines due to the extra inductees from the draft. I spent 13 months and 20 days in Vietnam. Went over with 3/26 and ended up at Khe San. However, I went on to Dong Ha, Phu Bai, and finally, ASP 1 at DaNang. czech_ed@yahoo.com Sgt. USMC 1-66 to 1-68
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