I had childhood and high school friends that turned away from me when I turned 18 years of age. On that date, I, along with my father, went to the Navy Recruiter and I enlisted effective the day after graduation. The fact that I volunteered for service angered them for some reason. It was the beginning of the Vietnam conflict. Their attitude was against that war. Anger increased after I was accepted and completed OCS with support of an ADMIRAL friend of my father. By this time, I didn't care. They weren't much as friends go. In fact, a few left the country, refusing the "draft."
After all that Vietnam fiasco was over, and much later on, they tried to renew a friendship with me. As a Navy LCDR, my reply toward the request which surfaced during a High School reunion, was blatant, direct, and succinct. As a guest lecturer at this reunion, I was asked about my opinion of the war and of those that ran from duty. It takes no imagination what so ever regarding my reply of "they should lose their citizenship and be deported to a country of their choice. I stuck by that statement then, and do so now. I can't imagine why they don't like me any more.