The draft escalated in '65. I suspect we'll hear more about it in the next episode in connection with unrest at home. More information: The Military Draft During the Vietnam War As an 11-year-old kid at the time of this episode my only connection to the war was an uncle who volunteered after ROTC and served in an artillery battalion. It never crossed my mind that he might not come back. If you told me then that, for the luck of the draw, I'd be there myself after my 18th birthday I'd never have believed it.