The 1969 Draft Lottery (Vietnam War)

Published on January 4, 2020 by

The first-ever televised draft lottery, December 1, 1969…which was held for young men born between Jan 1, 1944 – Dec 31, 1950.

Each birthday pulled corresponds with a draft number. The lower the number, the higher chance you’ll be drafted.

In fact, in this televised 1969 draft, anyone who received a number lower than 196 (1-195) were called to report. 307,276 were called to report.

Half of those were actually inducted due to various reasons (physical, college students, legal, etc).

A draft was held every year after this until 1973, when it converted to an all-volunteer military.

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