I was one of those lifers, US NAVY 1971-93 Retired.
Originally Posted By: Nickdfresh
Up until 1973. I served with the last of the draftees as some became lifers and were near retirement by the early 1990's...
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.