The Vietnam War Draft Essay

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Being a young adult between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five can be very difficult. I know this because I am twenty-two years old. At this age, there are many concerns about the future and a career. Making many important decisions which will affect the rest of your life is common during these ages. This is the age when the majority of people are getting married, having families, and buying houses of their own. Many young men and women of this age group are graduating from college and ready to start their careers. Being a young adult can be very challenging; however, it can be the best time of life. These aspects of a young adult's life were not that much different during the Vietnam time period. Unfortunately, many of these men were …show more content…
Eight million seven hundred thousand men served in the military during this time period; however, only about 2.2 million served in Vietnam (37). Of these, 2.2 million men fighting in Vietnam over one-third of these men were drafted (Vietnam-War.info). That is about 740,000 men. It took a lot of courage, patriotism, and bravery to accept the terms of the draft and serve in the military. This might have seemed like the only way for some men. Some men, in hope of avoiding deployment, voluntarily joined the Reserves or National Guard (Maxwell 37). Lois Romano, a newspaper editor for the Washington Post, illustrates George W. Bush served as Texas Air National Guard, which is thought of by many as an attempt to avoid deployment (A08). When these men left for war, over 8,000 miles from home, their family and friends must have been distraught (Vietnam-War.info). It is hard to imagine a young child, not understanding much about the war, see his or her father leave. I'm sure this had many psychological effects on the child, especially if the father did not return home. Children’s watching their fathers not come home was a common occurrence during the Vietnam War. Close to 60,000 American soldiers died or are missing in action during the Vietnam War. Ho Chi Minh, the Prime Minister and president of Vietnam, says "You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose

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