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The Vietnam War Draft

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President Johnson implemented conscription during the Vietnam War, leading to unfair draft decisions targeting men from poor and rural backgrounds. A lottery system was introduced in 1969 to address public discontent. President Nixon ended the draft in the Vietnam War by transitioning to an all-volunteer force.

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The Draft System During the Vietnam War.
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President Johnson implemented conscription, requiring males aged 18 to 26 to register for the draft.
Draft boards, mainly composed of veterans, made unfair decisions, disproportionately selecting men from poor backgrounds and rural areas.
Various deferments and exemptions caused resentment and opposition among the public.
In late 1969, a draft lottery system was introduced to address public discontent and make the process fairer.