The United States Defence Department held its second draft lottery in Washington on Wednesday (1 July) to call-up nineteen-year-old men for the Army.
The United States Defence Department held its second draft lottery in Washington on Wednesday (1 July) to call-up nineteen-year-old men for the Army. The selection of conscripts came after the Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird had predicted that it might be possible to make substantial reductions in draft calls.
The call-up order fixed under a system designed to make the choice as totally random as possible. Two rotating drums of capsules were used. One contained birth dates and the other held numbers giving the order in which the dates would be called up. After the birth date was picked out of the drum the order of selection was chosen from the second container.
The lottery system has been in use since last December when it replaced the heavily criticised procedure which used in "oldest man first" basis. President Nixon has said he wants to eventually have an all-volunteer Army. Mr. Laird said the expected reduction in draft calls was due to the U.S. operations against Communist bases in Cambodia. Young men throughout the United States watched the draft lottery on television and two students at a New York University spoke to reporters afterwards: