What happened to draft dodgers during the Vietnam War?

Chlodio

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Watch the politics. There's plenty of historical material to this topic without going political. Muhammed Ali was not a politician. He had a Vietnam draft story to tell.
 

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They have a chapel at Harvard with a list of Harvard men KIA. There are whole walls of names from the Civil War and WWII, but only a short list from Vietnam.
The elites send their sons when they think a war is crucial.
 

Chlodio

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They have a chapel at Harvard with a list of Harvard men KIA. There are whole walls of names from the Civil War and WWII, but only a short list from Vietnam.
What's the proportion of Vietnam dead to WW2 dead? Nationally, WW2 dead outnumbered Vietnam dead by more than seven to one,* so I would expect a similar ratio at Harvard.

*Statistics vary
 

betgo

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What's the proportion of Vietnam dead to WW2 dead? Nationally, WW2 dead outnumbered Vietnam dead by more than seven to one,* so I would expect a similar ratio at Harvard.

*Statistics vary
It looks like more than 7-1. Harvard WWII memorial and Vietnam memorial.

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betgo

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Draft resistance was really bad during the Vietnam War. There was a lot of opposition to the war, the war was seen as pointless, it seemed like a bad situation fighting in the jungle etc. About 30,000 went to Canada and there were legal ways to avoid Vietnam.

The upper crust had lost interest in military careers. Word probably got around that being a platoon or company commander in Vietnam was particularly dangerous. There were officers "fragged" by their own men, and it was a difficult with discipline not strong, not being able to easily tell civilians from combatants, etc.

So the wealthy and the powerful (mod edit) used money or connections to avoid that.
 
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Like fighter pilot in the Texas National Guard defending against a Mexican invasion.
Or the singer who wrote a song about the fortunate sons of powerful Americans avoiding combat after he himself had joined the reserves to avoid combat. Great song though.