John, Georgia, 1969. No. 023: The Worst And The Best

The Phi Deltas had a pool for the draft lottery. Number 5 won, I came in second. Number 5 was exempt, I was not. I graduated in August of 1971, and was drafted in December 1971. I served two years, in the medical corps. I liked the medical field and went back to...

Bill, Georgia, 1969. No. 065: First In The Party

I remember the lottery night well. I was in Waycross, Georgia on a University of Georgia Forestry School field trip.  It was supposed to be a fun lottery party, watching the show with our group of mostly seniors. I was nominated with a friend to pick up the supper and...

John, Mississippi, 1969: No. 047: A Master's In Basic Training

Throughout all four years of my baccalaureate education from 1965 to 1969 my male classmates who were not able to keep their grades up were being drafted out of school.  Some of them tried to get the girl students to get lower grades so that their grades would look...

Tommy, Georgia, 1969. No. 119: A Different Draft

I remember vividly having a relatively low lottery number (119) and being called for a physical. At the time I was classified II-S but I was about to enter grad school and lose the II-S status. The physical was interesting to say the least and fortunately I was...

Robert, Georgia, 1969. No. 310: A Lot To Be Desired

I was an advanced Army ROTC cadet at the University of Georgia majoring in Pharmacy which was a 5 or 6 year program (1965-1971). Having finished my ROTC course work in 1969, I did not attend any ROTC classes my last 2 years at Georgia, so I never went to the ROTC...

Jimmy, Georgia, 1969. No. 125: Part of a Larger Organization

I remember the lottery selection well. I was in the parking lot of the Coliseum at UGA drinking beer, believing I would be in the 300’s and safe from the draft. But after drawing No. 125, my draft board was kind enought to let me know I was going to become part...