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Draft Deferment: Vietnam

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Recipients of draft deferments during the Vietnam War era. Note that some of these men enlisted in the armed forces despite a deferment.

A total of 1,857,304 men were drafted between August 1964 and February 1973, drawing from the pool of men born on or before 1955.

Some common Selective Service classifications:

  • 1-A Ready for immediate induction. (no deferment)
  • 1-D Member of a Reserve component, or student taking military training
  • 1-Y Qualified for military service only in time of national emergency (classification eliminated 10-Dec-1971)
  • 2-S Student deferment (temporary delay)
  • 3-A Extreme hardship to dependents
  • 4-F Unqualified for military service (exemption)

See also Draft Deferment.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball
16-Apr-1947   NBA records for most minutes, most points
Elliott Abrams
Government
24-Jan-1948   Asst. Secy. of State involved in Iran-Contra
Lamar Alexander
Politician
3-Jul-1940   US Senator from Tennessee
Muhammad Ali
Boxing
17-Jan-1942   Floated like butterfly, stung like bee
Samuel Alito
Judge
1-Apr-1950   US Supreme Court Justice
Wayne Allard
Politician
2-Dec-1943   US Senator from Colorado, 1997-2009
George Allen
Politician
8-Mar-1952   US Senator from Virginia, 2001-07
John Ashcroft
Politician
9-May-1942   US Attorney General, 2001-05
Richard Axel
Scientist
2-Jul-1946   Odorant receptors and olfactory organization
Gary Bauer
Government
4-May-1946   Family Research Council
Bob Beauprez
Politician
22-Sep-1948   Congressman from Colorado, 2003-07
William Bennett
Government
31-Jul-1943   Former Drug Czar and gambling man
Joseph Biden
Politician
20-Nov-1942   Vice President of the United States
Don Black
Activist
28-Jul-1953   Stormfront.org founder
Michael Bloomberg
Politician
14-Feb-1942   Mayor of New York City
Roy Blunt
Politician
10-Jan-1950   US Senator from Missouri
Neal Boortz
Radio Personality
6-Apr-1945   Libertarian radio host
Bill Bradley
Politician
28-Jul-1943   US Senator from New Jersey, 1979-97
Phil Bredesen
Politician
21-Nov-1943   Governor of Tennessee, 2003-11
L. Paul Bremer
Government
30-Sep-1941   Director of the Iraq Provisional Authority
George W. Bush
Head of State
6-Jul-1946   43rd US President, 2001-09
Richard Carpenter
Musician
15-Oct-1946   The Carpenters
Saxby Chambliss
Politician
10-Nov-1943   US Senator from Georgia
Dick Cheney
Politician
30-Jan-1941   US Vice President, 2001-09
Tom Clancy
Novelist
12-Apr-1947   The Hunt for Red October
Bill Clinton
Head of State
19-Aug-1946   42nd US President, 1993-2001
Norm Coleman
Politician
17-Aug-1949   US Senator from Minnesota, 2003-09
Pete Coors
Relative
20-Sep-1946   Coors scion
Howard Dean
Politician
17-Nov-1948   Governor of Vermont, 1991-2003
Tom DeLay
Politician
8-Apr-1947   Former House Majority Leader, convicted felon
Mike DeWine
Politician
5-Jan-1947   US Senator from Ohio, 1995-2007
Brian J. Donnelly
Politician
2-Mar-1946   Congressman from Massachusetts, 1979-93
Roy P. Dyson
Politician
15-Nov-1948   Congressman from Maryland, 1981-91
David Eisenhower
Author
31-Mar-1948   Camp David namesake
Daniel Ellsberg
Government
7-Apr-1931   Pentagon Papers source
James Fallows
Journalist
2-Aug-1949   Atlantic Monthly
Bobby Fischer
Chess Player
9-Mar-1943 18-Jan-2008 Eccentric chess grandmaster
Steve Forbes
Business
18-Jul-1947   Owner and publisher of Forbes magazine
Al Franken
Politician
21-May-1951   US Senator from Minnesota
Bob Franks
Politician
21-Sep-1951 9-Apr-2010 Congressman from New Jersey, 1993-2001
Bill Frist
Politician
22-Feb-1952   US Senate Majority Leader, 2003-07
Max Gail
Actor
5-Apr-1943   Det. Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller
Dick Gephardt
Politician
31-Jan-1941   Congressman from Missouri, 1977-2005
Newt Gingrich
Politician
17-Jun-1943   Speaker of the House, 1995-99
Rudy Giuliani
Politician
28-May-1944   Mayor of New York City, 1994-2001
Al Gore
Politician
31-Mar-1948   US Vice President under Clinton
Phil Gramm
Politician
8-Jul-1942   US Senator from Texas, 1985-2002
Lee Greenwood
Country Musician
27-Oct-1942   God Bless the U.S.A.
Judd Gregg
Politician
14-Feb-1947   US Senator from New Hampshire, 1993-2011
Arlo Guthrie
Singer/Songwriter
10-Jul-1947   Alice's Restaurant
George Hamilton
Actor
12-Aug-1939   Well-tanned celebrity
Robert Hanssen
Spy
18-Apr-1944   Russian mole inside the FBI
Dennis Hastert
Politician
2-Jan-1942   Speaker of the House, 1999-2006
Roger Hedgecock
Politician
2-May-1946   Mayor of San Diego, 1983-85
Douglas Hofstadter
Author
15-Feb-1945   Godel, Escher, Bach
Brit Hume
Journalist
22-Jun-1943   Fox News DC correspondent
John Irving
Novelist
2-Mar-1942   The World According to Garp
Ted Kaczynski
Criminal
22-May-1942   The Unabomber
Andy Kaufman
Comic
17-Jan-1949 16-May-1984 Brilliant comic, prankster, professional wrestler
Bob Kerrey
Politician
27-Aug-1943   Governor and Senator from Nebraska
Alan Keyes
Radio Personality
7-Aug-1950   Illinois carpetbagger
Stephen King
Novelist
21-Sep-1947   The Shining
Bruce Kovner
Activist
Feb-1945   Caxton Associates billionaire
Dennis Kucinich
Politician
8-Oct-1946   Congressman, Ohio 10th
Ken Lay
Business
15-Apr-1942 5-Jul-2006 CEO of Enron, 1986-2002
Ron Lewis
Politician
14-Sep-1946   Congressman from Kentucky, 1994-2009
Lewis Libby
Government
22-Aug-1950   Cheney's former Chief of Staff
Joseph Lieberman
Politician
24-Feb-1942   US Senator from Connecticut
Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality
12-Jan-1951   Conservative talk show host
Trent Lott
Politician
9-Oct-1941   US Senator from Mississippi, 1989-2007
Dan Lungren
Politician
22-Sep-1946   Congressman, California 3rd
David Mamet
Author
30-Nov-1947   Glengarry Glen Ross
Jim Marshall
Politician
31-Mar-1948   Congressman from Georgia, 2003-11
Chris Matthews
Talk Show Host
17-Dec-1945   Hardball with Chris Matthews
Mitch McConnell
Politician
20-Feb-1942   US Senator from Kentucky
Michael Medved
Critic
Oct-1948   Traditional values pundit, film critic
Bob Metcalfe
Business
1946   Co-Inventor of Ethernet
John Milius
Film Director
11-Apr-1944   Conan the Barbarian
James C. Miller III
Economist
25-Jun-1942   Conservative economist
Dan Moldea
Journalist
27-Feb-1950   Muckraker
Joe Namath
Football
31-May-1943   Football player and pantyhose wearer
Ted Nugent
Musician
13-Dec-1948   Rock star, bowhunting enthusiast
Bill O'Reilly
Talk Show Host
10-Sep-1949   The O'Reilly Factor
P. J. O'Rourke
Author
14-Nov-1947   Political satirist
Bill Owens
Politician
22-Oct-1950   Governor of Colorado, 1999-2007
Carl Paladino
Business
24-Aug-1946   Buffalo real estate baron
Gram Parsons
Musician
5-Nov-1946 19-Sep-1973 Flying Burrito Brothers
George Pataki
Politician
24-Jun-1945   Governor of New York, 1995-2006
John Perkins
Activist
28-Jan-1945   Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Dan Quayle
Politician
4-Feb-1947   Vice President under George H.W. Bush
Marc Racicot
Politician
24-Jul-1948   Governor of Montana, 1993-2001
Robert Reich
Government
24-Jun-1946   US Secretary of Labor, 1993-97
Bill Richardson
Politician
15-Nov-1947   Governor of New Mexico, 2003-11
Donald L. Ritter
Politician
21-Oct-1940   Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1979-93
Dana Rohrabacher
Politician
21-Jun-1947   Congressman, California 46th
Mitt Romney
Politician
12-Mar-1947   Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-07
Karl Rove
Government
25-Dec-1950   Political Strategist to George W. Bush
Robert Shapiro
Attorney
2-Sep-1942   One of OJ Simpson's attorneys
Ron Silver
Actor
2-Jul-1946 15-Mar-2009 Wiseguy
O. J. Simpson
Football
9-Jul-1947   Searching tirelessly for the real killers
Richard E. Smalley
Chemist
6-Jun-1943 28-Oct-2005 Co-Discovered fullerines
David Souter
Judge
17-Sep-1939   US Supreme Court Justice, 1990-2009
Bruce Springsteen
Musician
23-Sep-1949   The Boss
Sylvester Stallone
Actor
6-Jul-1946   Rocky, Rambo
Ken Starr
Government
21-Jul-1946   Special Prosecutor, Clinton's impeachment
David Stockman
Government
10-Nov-1946   Ronald Reagan's chief economist
John Stossel
Journalist
6-Mar-1947   Libertarian reporter
Tom Tancredo
Politician
20-Dec-1945   Congressman from Colorado, 1999-2009
John B. Taylor
Economist
8-Dec-1946   Council of Economic Advisers, 1989-91
Clarence Thomas
Judge
23-Jun-1948   US Supreme Court Justice
Garry Trudeau
Cartoonist
21-Jul-1948   Doonesbury
Donald Trump
Business
14-Jun-1946   The Donald
Scott Turow
Novelist
12-Apr-1949   Presumed Innocent
Steven Tyler
Singer
26-Mar-1948   Frontman for Aerosmith
Mark Udall
Politician
18-Jul-1950   US Senator from Colorado
Douglas A. Warner III
Business
9-Jun-1946   CEO of JP Morgan, 1995-2000
Henry Waxman
Politician
12-Sep-1939   Congressman, California 30th
Daniel A. Webster
Politician
27-Apr-1949   Congressman, Florida 8th
Andrew Weil
Author
8-Jun-1942   New age ethnopharmacologist
Bill Weld
Politician
31-Jul-1945   Governor of Massachusetts, 1991-97
Curt Weldon
Politician
22-Jul-1947   Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1987-2007
George Will
Columnist
4-May-1941   Conservative pundit, baseball lover
Joseph Wilson
Diplomat
6-Nov-1949   Ambassador to Gabon, Valerie Plame's husband
Paul Wolfowitz
Government
22-Dec-1943   President of the World Bank, 2005-07
Steve Wozniak
Computer Programmer
11-Aug-1950   Co-Founder of Apple Computer


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