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Of the 600,000 men who illegally dodged the draft during Vietnam , how many went to prison?
many websites report 3,250 and many more report 4,000
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
It was WAAAAY more than 600,000. I did, and almost every young guy I knew.
The Wikipedia article only says 'many young men went to prison' but I seriously doubt it was that many. Might not have been anyone. I and all my friends 'dodged' the draft by getting a deferment, getting married, claiming conscientious objector status, going to Canada, or simply refusing to go! I knew three guys who actually got called up for their Army physical and told them they'd rather go to prison. Nobody I know went to prison.
President Ford offered draft dodgers forgiveness for volunteer time. The next president, Jimmy Carter, just gave them a blanket amnesty.