Today in 1942 FDR lowered the minimum draft age

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Originally Posted By: Burt
The number of years that the U.S. has had an active draft is a lot less than most people would think. The union had a draft during the civil war, but you could pay a penalty and opt out.
Up until 1973. I served with the last of the draftees as some became lifers and were near retirement by the early 1990's...
I was one of those lifers, US NAVY 1971-93 Retired. Cheers2
 
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Hitler also raised the max age, too. I you can stand up and hold a rifle you were "good-to-go". In Russia women were also "good-to-go". One of the most feared snipers in WWII was a Russian woman.
Basically 8-80 if they cant walk, drag em. Even if if they cant walk stick them on a roof top laying down. LOL
 
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Originally Posted By: Malo83
Originally Posted By: Nickdfresh
Originally Posted By: Burt
The number of years that the U.S. has had an active draft is a lot less than most people would think. The union had a draft during the civil war, but you could pay a penalty and opt out.
Up until 1973. I served with the last of the draftees as some became lifers and were near retirement by the early 1990's...
I was one of those lifers, US NAVY 1971-93 Retired. Cheers2
The last Vietnam era draftee serving on active duty retired last month. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby served for 42 years in the Army. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/armys-vietnam-era-draftee-retires-26703465
 
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Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
42 years!!! Big salute for his service.
Yeah when I heard he served for 42 years on Active Duty my jaw dropped and a few expletives flew out of my mouth.
 
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Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
42 years!!! Big salute for his service.
Yeah when I heard he served for 42 years on Active Duty my jaw dropped and a few expletives flew out of my mouth.
It would be interesting to learn how he adjusts to his new life.
 
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It would be interesting if USA had another draft. The protests would be worse now than 40 yrs ago.
 
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