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.
Here’s the full story:
If you want further insight, check our book recommendations:
- Rough Draft: Cold War Military Manpower Policy and the Origins of Vietnam-Era Draft Resistance
- The Vietnam War: An Intimate History