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The Vietnam war was getting very unpopular. A whole culture developed on how a boy could avoid, or delay, being drafted. Student deferments, crash diets to gain, or lose, a lot of weight to become physically inelegible, reporting for physical exams totally drugged up, paying for fake doctor's letters.


Meanwhile, particularly after the Tet Offensive (January, 1968), infantry casualties ran 30% to 50% in some companies, and field commanders were desperate for replacement grunts, of any size or shape! These conflicting objectives were quickly resolved, often in assembly line fashion during large scale group, pre-induction physical exams.


Unknown to many draftees, Uncle Sam loosened the physical standards (the so-called "McNamara 100,000") to assure that no busses leaving the examining centers for boot camp had empty seats.


This site archives some of the seldom told stories of forced military conscription, the indignities of the mandatory group physical exams, inprocessing and basic training, endured by draftees into both the Army and Marines.



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  • Vietnam War
  • Jun 1, 2003
  • English

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