Richard, Missouri, 1969. No. 107: Don’t Ask Why

My lottery number fell in the lower third of the drawing, earning me a reclassification to I-A in my senior year at the University of Missouri and a subsequent invitation to an April 1970 draft physical at the Selective Service office on Pershing Road in Kansas City....

Chip, North Carolina, 1969. No. 299: Draftee Colonel

In early 1968, my second attempt at college did the same thing as my first: fizzled out. However, I was then classified I-Y which supposedly meant that only when the Soviets landed at Myrtle Beach would I be pressed into military service. The I-Y classification...

Charles, Indiana, 1969. No. 007: A Near Thing

I received number 7 in the first modern time lottery. At the time I was planning to be married in June, 1970 and would complete my BS degree in August of 1970. Plans to find a job vanished and options were considered. I really did not understand how the “falling...

Tim, 1971. No. 365: Like It Was Yesterday

I was in the draft lottery for the men born in 1952. After years of watching the Vietnam War being played out on television I was sure I would get a lousy number. They say 13 is unlucky, but not for me. August 13th ended up with 365! The only anecdote that I remember...

Dennis, 1969. Date Line

29 May 69 grad. H.S. – 7 Aug 69 turned 19 – June 69 1-S-H deferment expired – 26 Oct draft physical passed – 26 Nov draft lottery signed into law – 29 Nov 69 enlisted Ky. Army National Guard – 1 Dec 69 winning lottery # 168 ( 195...

Bill, Connecticut, 1969. No. 261: Never Fired a Gun

I remember  a number of us meeting with our girlfriends in their college student lounge to watch the results of the lottery.  At the time we weren’t aware how far into the numbers the following year’s draft would go.  My birthday was pulled out at the...