Jul 1    93 Sep 15   113 The purpose of this site is to collect and share the stories of American men who were subject to the Vietnam war draft lotteries in the years 1969 through 1972. May 12   133 In 1963, South Vietnamese generals seized power in Saigon in a coup. Nov 3    348 Jan 13   318 Apr 27   74 [12] Pairs of capsules were then drawn, one from each drum, one with a 1951 birthdate and one with a number 1 to 366. Sep 9    263 On November 26, 1969, Congress abolished a provision in the Military Selective Service Act of 1967 which prevented the president from modifying the selection procedure ("... the President in establishing the order of induction for registrants within the various age groups found qualified for induction shall not effect any change in the method of determining the relative order of induction for such registrants within such age groups as has been heretofore established ..."),[3] and President Richard Nixon issued an executive order prescribing a process of random selection.[4]. Nov 4    266 Oct 19   241 The first number drawn was 258 (September 14), so all registrants with that birthday were assigned lottery number 1. Sep 24   195 Oct 28   94 Nov 26   309 Mar 25   343 These lotteries occurred during a period of conscription from just before World War II to 1973. Apr 12   346 Jul 13   42 The second lottery, on 1 July 1970, pertained to men born in 1951. Aug 24   36 It featured many anti-war political speakers and popular singers of the time. May 13   295 Nov 6    76 Apr 10   218 Jun 22   247 Apr 9    219 Apr 5    269 Jun 1    249 Dec 15   320 [12], Draft lotteries were conducted again from 1971 to 1975 (for 1952 to 1956 births). 307,276 were called to report. Oct 18   5 [7], A random procedure will not distribute the lottery numbers uniformly over the months of the year, but this was what some people expected. Jul 8    13 Only five days in December—December 2, 12, 15, 17, and 19—were higher than the last call number of 195. A Monte Carlo simulation found that the probability of a random order of months being this close to the 1–12 sequence expected for unsorted slips was 0.09%. How would YOU have done? Dec 8    105 This led to complaints that the lottery was not truly random as the legislation required. Feb 6    347 Mar 11   136 These pieces of paper were then each placed in opaque plastic capsules, which were then mixed in a shoebox and then dumped into a deep glass jar. Jun 16   274 From January to December, the rank of the average draft pick numbers were 5, … Nov 17   143 Jul 12   15 Oct 23   201 Photo: Selective Service System. The U.S. held its first draft lottery on Dec. 1, 1969, giving young men a random number tied to their birthdays. Oct 25   176 The second letter was "G", and so on, until all 26 letters were assigned numbers. Jan 15   17 366 capsules, each filled with a single day of the year, held the futures of over 850,000 young men within their shells on the first of December, 1969. Apr 16   148 Nov 2    34 Sep 21   204 Men who received a lottery number above 95 will not be affected by today's drawing, according to Selective Service officials. Nov 27   47 Mar 13   259 May 19   75 Aug 4    145 Mar 19   200 When the lottery took effect, men were assigned a number between 1 and 366. The first number drawn was 258 (September 14), so all registrants with that birthday were assigned lottery numbe… Sep 26   18 Dec 2    328 On December 1, 1969, the first drawing for the draft lottery was conducted for the Vietnam War. Feb 13   152 Apr 17   260 Dec 23   162 Sep 19   177 Sep 28   257 Dec 16   96 Birthdays were drawn from 366 blue plastic capsules. Aug 6    114 May 10   65 Jun 20   360 Jan 29   349 Oct 10   220 Dec 9    43 Many critics at the time saw Richard Nixon as a liar; when he took office, he claimed that he would begin to withdraw American troops from Vietnam. Aug 29   61 Jun 9    335 Dec 10   41 Jan 17   235 Jan 22   337 On December 1st, 1969, America's first military draft lottery since World War II was held. Oct 31   79, NOVEMBER One source is the Data and Story Library. Mar 29   362 After ten months of being in office, the president had yet to start withdrawals, and U.S. citizens felt he had lied. The highest number called for a physical was 215 (for tables 1970 through 1976). In the 1960s anti-war movements started to occur in the U.S., mainly among students on college campuses and in more leftist circles, especially those who embraced the "hippie" lifestyle. 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Oct 29   229 With the maximum of 30 numbers being drafted per month in early-1970, May’s quota of 30 ended up drafting men with the numbers 121 through 150. One may also ask, what was the draft lottery numbers in 1969? Jul 25   67 Dec 25   84 Feb 25   179 Sep 16   207 Apr 21   62 Oct 4    202 Jun 17   73 Sep 18   246 It happened that November and December births, or numbers 306 to 366, were assigned mainly to lower draft order numbers representing earlier calls to serve. For example, a man with a #131 was ordered to report for his physical exam in February 1970 and classified 1-A, then ordered to report for induction in May 1970. Group 001 birthdays would be the first group to be called upon. The data is publicly available on the internet. Mar 18   332 Jul 31   193, AUGUST The lower the number, the higher chance you’ll be drafted. Dec 24   95 The APN (highest number) called for a physical was 215 for tables 1970 through 1976. The first birth date drawn that night, assigned the lowest number, “001,” was September 14. Jul 26   303 Nov 7    51 Oct 2    125 May 24   31 Still others chose legal sanctions such as imprisonment, showing their disapproval by illegally burning their draft cards or draft letters, or simply not presenting themselves for military service. Mar 1    108 Aug 15   102 Feb 7    91 Aug 26   245 Dec 28   123 Apr 2    271 The slips were placed in separate plastic capsules that were mixed in a shoebox and then dumped into a deep glass jar. Each calendar date was assigned a number based on draw order. Apr 18   90 Aug 25   286 Following Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) a draftee might find himself in the Vietnam war zone as his first duty assignment, less than six months after entering BCT, which was commonly referred to as “Basic“. Jun 21   60 Oct 3    244 For example, a man with a #131 was ordered to report for his Physical Exam in February 1970 and classified 1-A, then ordered to report for Induction into the US Army in May 1970. Aug 23   116 Jan 5    101 Oct 26   7 Jan 4    215 Nov 10   282 Aug 5    54 Feb 4    210 In fact, in this televised 1969 draft, anyone who received a number lower than 196 (1-195) were called to report. Dec 3    157 Mar 7    122 Jan 23   118 Dec 12   314 Apr 7    147 Draft Lottery results for the Vietnam War in 1969, Mike Tomlin quotes as Steelers head coach. Feb 2    144 Jun 12   272 Mar 17   33 Jun 28   222 The Selective Service System underwent a dramatic overhaul in 1969. 25 more permutations were selected and sealed in 25 more envelopes without transcription to calendars. Aug 11   324 Apr 11   14 On December 1, 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from 1944 to 1950. May 9    197 On December 1, 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950. 366 blue plastic capsules contained the birthdays that would be chosen in the first Vietnam draft lottery drawing on December 1, 1969. These lotteries occurred during a period of conscription from just before World War II to 1973. military. Mar 16   166 It was the first time a lottery system had been used to select men for military service since 1942. Nov 28   281 Jul 5    188 Mar 20   239 This is not due to actual military service, but seems to reflect a general emotional reaction to the prospect of service. Among men with the same birthdate, the order of induction was determined by the ranks of the first letters of their last, first, and middle names. Dec 20   135 Feb 1    86 Nov 24   230 Feb 14   4 Instead, pieces of paper with numbers from 1 through 366 were drawn. Jul 3   115 Dec 7    12 Jul 14   331 Dec 13   163 Jun 19   104 High number, less likely to be drafted. The highest draft number called for induction from the 1969 lottery was 195. May 6    155 Aug 17   154 Nov 8    97 That represented the 258th day of the year, which is September 14. President Lyndon B. Johnson increased the number of U.S. personnel in South Vietnam due to the political instability in the country. Sep 8    184 Jun 11   134 Apr 13   124 Nov 12   66 Sep 13   175 For that year 125 out of 365 possible birthdays were conscripted. Dec 4    165 Nov 15   131 Dec 18   128 [1][2] In 1967, the number of U.S. military personnel in Vietnam was around 500,000. Buffeted by protests against the war and the unfairness of the draft system, which also took a disproportionate number of African-American men, President Richard Nixon sought to reform the draft. The last draft call was on December 7, 1972, and the authority to … Jul 21   27 Jan 30   164 Nov 25   132 Variables used were month, day of month, day of year, and draft number … Jan 28   77 Jan 27   355 Jan 3    251 In 1969, a September 14birthday was assigned a number 001. Aug 1    111 The first letter drawn was "J", which was assigned number 1. May 23   319 May 8    321 Mar 3    267 May 7    35 Feb 17   189 Nov 23   182 Feb 9    338 The 11th draws were the date July 9 and the number 1, so men born July 9 were assigned draft number 1 and drafted first. Men who received a lottery number above 95 will not be affected by today's drawing, according to Selective Service officials. Oct 9    342 The draft in the Viet Nam era was a lottery, with low numbers being called first. The Selective Service Committee, which presides over draft procedures, has stored the large tumbler that holds all the numbers and dates that would be drawn to select candidates, and the only obvious change between the method of the past and the present is that instead of using pieces of paper in blue capsules, the SSC now uses ping-pong balls with the dates and numbers on them. Jul 19   227 Find your birthday in the chart below to see what order you would have been called to service. Jul 15   322 Jan 6    224 Jul 2   350 Mar 10   323 The 366 days of the year (including February 29) were printed on slips of paper. Jul 28   88 College students were entitled to a deferment (2-S status) but were subject to the draft if they dropped out, stopped making "normal progress" in community college (i.e., started a fifth semester before transferring to a four-year college) or graduated. Sep 6    6 The lottery numbers assigned in December 1969 were used … Jun 25   137 Mar 12   300 Aug 21   291 Apr 25   351 Aug 31   11, SEPTEMBER Dec 21   70 Congress approved the decision to establish a lottery and on Nov. 26, 1969 — just five days before the lottery — Nixon signed the measure int… Aug 3    261 May 30   103 Apr 22   316 Sep 22   160 Landscaping, gardening and the environment, Congressman Alexander Pirnie of New York drawing the first ball. Sep 3    49 Apr 1    32 Others left the country, commonly moving to Canada. Aug 9    106 50 Executive Secretary E. Bohle announced today that random selection number 185 is the highest lottery selection number reached in 1970. Mar 8    213 This was the first military draft in the United States since World War II. So in an effort to make the draft more fair (or appear fair), a lottery was put in place. "County Draft board No. The first number drawn was 258. Those who resisted were generally young, well-educated, healthy men. 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