The Positive Effects Of The Draft During The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam war began on November 1, 1955 being so sudden a draft began, this is when there is a major crisis and extra troops are needed for combat. The way the men were picked to go to war was a lottery was implemented, there was no system in place to determine order of call besides the fact that men between the ages of 18 and 26 were most likely to be drafted. Millions of men were forced to put their lives on hold and fight for their country if they liked it or not. Even though many consider the draft to be unconstitutional there were positive effects. Equality began to spread extensively over those years, since people were forced to get to know one another they started to understand that they're all the same. The draft gave men time to think about what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. …show more content…

It mixed high school dropouts with college graduates, rich with middle class and poor. During this time in America, if one is born into the middle or upper-middle class, one is unlikely ever to have to step outside that class, which made it hard for many to change their lives. Most of the draftees weren't happy to be in the Army, and they were even less happy to be around people they didn't get along with. But the mixture of the different people helped other people broaden their horizons when it came to other cultures and helped many understand that everyone is the same. Especially when it came to African Americans and Whites. At the end Race or class didn't matter, they were all fighting for their lives. In How I Learned to Love the Draft one veteran

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