Trump and Biden Are Draft Dodgers
For some voters, it makes no difference since Biden's and Trump's actions to dodge the draft and avoid the Vietnam War horror. To others, it reflects a person's character and could be a reason not to vote for them because they failed to do their duty.
The reality is that back in the sixties, specifically, between 1965-71, when America forced men to serve in the military via a draft lottery system, many men resisted and did ANYTHING to get out of serving. All had the same fear of ending up in Nam and an end to their young life. Many were patriotic also and did their duty and 58,000 would lose their lives for nothing most believed in. Vietnam was a political and military war and was assumed from the French beginning around 1960.
Right or wrong, it is odd that today, Trump is supported by vets and active personnel even though he is NOT one of them, but just a kid from a wealthy family. When Trump was 18, he did not want to serve, so his father Fred, talked to the family doctor about a medical deferment. You see, Fred, owned the building where the family doctor's office was and the doctor also wanted a favor regarding rent. Thus, the young Trump was diagnosed with bone spurs on his heel. Obviously, the doctor sent the paperwork to the local draft board office since young Trump's got a notice. Whether the draft board actually did a physical on young Trump or not to determine the extent of bone spurs (which can be very painful) is not known. But, young Trump did avoid being drafted due to the medical classification each year. Then, by 1971, the last year of the draft, Trump got lucky with a draft number of 357 or so. That meant, he was safe from being draft. The number was too high. Trump had got 3-4 deferments total by then.
With Biden, like Trump, young Biden did not want to fight in the jungles of Vietnam and was in college. Like so many other students, his father was no man of wealth or anyone with stature. But, while Biden was athletic, his medical deferment was for asthma, which certainly would have been serious in Nam, had he gone. The curious thing that this never came out publicly until 1987 or so in his book.
Today, for voters, the issue about whether either candidate served in the military is less important because that was a different time. From 1968-72, America was just like in 2020. The establishment was for the war, while many under 30, were against it. Riots, bombings, racial strife, were daily reports on the evening news. To add to this were the war reports from Vietnam, some showing horrific events on TV. There was chaos in the White House and in the military.
Many draft dodgers were willing to go to Canada, some did, others went into other governmental services to serve their two years. Was it true patriotism or forced patriotism? Some went into the Army or other service and got out after less than a year for saying they were a drug user or homosexual. That was the easy way out. Many only enlisted once they got the draft notice, usually, into the Navy or Airforce, to avoid Vietnam duty. All young men turning 18 were very worried about being drafted.
Trump supporters who are vets or active duty do so because of his tough appearance and bravado. It's a military appeal.