I was at Ft. Polk in La. doing basic training at the time of the lottery. I had joined the US Army reserves in 1967. My number was low and I would have been drafted had I not joined the USAR.
One half of my basic training unit was destined for Vietnam while the rest of us were going home to serve our 6 years there. It made for a tense time as a unit during basic training. I completed basic before Christmas and came home for 2 weeks before going back for advanced individual training as a truck driver. Since I was a CPA I was assigned to Payroll when I returned and was responsible for getting my reserve unit paid each quarter. I completed my 6 years as a Spec 6.