I started on a Design Apprenticeship at GE Jet engine division in October, 1968. While on this program I still had a II-S student deferment After the 1969 lottery with 19 as a lucky number, I wasn’t really big on the idea of getting drafted when my apprenticeship was over and going to Vietnam in the Army.
So I enlisted in the Air Force in January, 1970. The kicker was that I was in Danang by May 1971, and the draft was over by 1973, just a few months after my apprenticeship would have ended. But I got through it and now it’s just a memory–good or bad.