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Q: Military draft lottery ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Military draft lottery
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: cornfarmer-ga
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Posted: 23 Feb 2004 10:55 PST
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Question ID: 309918
In 1967 there was a draft lottery and I never checked to see what my
number was because I enlisted.  I have always wondered what my lottery
number was for a birthdate of March 19 for both 1967 and 1968
Subject: Re: Military draft lottery
Answered By: aht-ga on 23 Feb 2004 11:49 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The use of the draft lottery to determine who would be drafted for
military service began in December 1969, for the 1970 draft year. The
draw itself was held on Dec. 1, 1969.

Prior to this, the Selective Service Act proscribed a draft policy
that started with the oldest registered males between the ages of 19
and 25, then worked its way down by age. So, for the draft years 1967
and 1968, drafting would have been based on age, not lottery. If you
were 25 in either 1967 or 1968, you would have been eligible for draft
in a random fashion. Once all the eligible 25-yr olds were drafted,
then it would have been the 24-yr olds, onwards to the 19-yr olds.

The following article provides a lot of information regarding the
military draft lottery, including the lottery results of that first
ever lottery:'s%20your%20"Luck%20of%20the%20Draw"?

For a birthdate of March 19th, your number was 200 (out of 356, as Feb
29 is included in the lottery). In the article, the Selective Service
administration gave the following guideline:

"As a general rule, Selective Service expects those with dates drawn
in the upper third of the list will be drafted. Those in the middle
third are of questionable status and those in the bottom third will
not have serve."

#200 is in the bottom half of the middle third, so there was a low
likelihood of being drafted had you not volunteered.

You may also find this of interest. According to this other article:

which is a discussion of the various Democratic presidential hopefuls
and their military history, in 1971 (the second year of the lottery)
the draft only went down to #95.

Hope this helps!

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cornfarmer-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
The answer was excellent, and much more than I had been able to find
out at the library and Veterens aso. I had inquired at.  Thankyou very
much.  Dan.

Subject: Re: Military draft lottery
From: aht-ga on 28 Feb 2004 22:03 PST

Thank you for the generous tip! I'm happy that the information helped.


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