If a man got drafted and had to do a tour in the Vietnam War, once he got home did he have to stay in the military until he was released?

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If so, for how long?

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  • 1 month ago
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    I quote

    Conscription legislation limited a draftee’s tour of duty to two years. With a soldier’s initial training lasting anywhere from four to six months plus a month or two of transportation time and one month of accrued leave earned for every year in the service, there was little more than a year remaining in a draftee’s tour of duty for service overseas.

    and

    In October 1966, Secretary of Defense McNamara declared in a lengthy, strongly stated public announcement: ‘We have no intent of changing the 12-month tour of duty….We are equipped to supply the replacements necessary to support it.’

    and

    But the Army and Marine Corps also had programs where, if you were willing to extend your tour an additional 6 months, they would give you a free leave of 30 days in between the two tours, flying you anywhere you wanted to spend it free of charge.

    but most relevant to your question

    Draftees served for 2 years active, 2 years active reserve and 2 years inactive reserve. If they were deployed to Vietnam the typical tour was 1 year or until they were due for discharge from active duty whichever was less.

    It seems likely that they would be discharged as soon as they return to their "home base" in the states (so as to save the military the ongoing expense to feed and clothe the soldier for those last few months).

  • 1 month ago

    During the draft, NO ONE got home until the end of their military commitment.

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    IIRC draftees were subject to 6 months past their tour.  some people volunteered to do back to back tours or extend their time in Country and so were  discharged as soon as they returned home.  

    A tour was 12 months.  

  • martin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, if his reserve duty continued after his active duty. Quite often a soldier would have 2 years active duty followed by 3 years active reserve duty (usually biweekly meetings) and one year inactive reserve duty.

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  • 1 month ago

    yep, although many of them extended their tour in vietnam for 3 months, so they would be discharged as soon as they left vietnam, other wise they had about 8 or 9 months of service left after they got back from vietnam

  • 1 month ago

    The minimum contract at that time was two years active duty. You only spent one year in Vietnam so yes, if you came back and still had time on the contract you had to finish it up.

  • 1 month ago

    You had to serve two years on active duty (instead of the minimum of three years for those who volunteered). You could and many were sent on multiple tours of duty in Vietnam during that time.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    What a STUPID question. common name-calling LIB TROLL *******************

  • .
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Draftees served 2 years, regardless where they served.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    1. Of course.

    2. Depends on his release date.

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