Draft evasion

Draft evasion is an intentional decision not to comply with the military conscription policies of one’s nation. Such practices that do not involve law breaking or which are based on conscientious objection are sometimes referred to as ‘draft avoidance.’ Refusing to submit to the draft is considered a criminal offense in most countries where conscription is in effect. Those who practice draft evasion are sometimes pejoratively referred to as ‘draft dodgers,’ a term which was made popular during the Vietnam War. Draft evasion is distinct from desertion in that only an active member of a military service can become a deserter by absenting himself or herself from the army without receiving a valid leave of absence or discharge and without any intention of returning to the army. … ‘Draft Dodger Rag’, a 1965 anti-war song by Phil Ochs, circumvented laws against counseling evasion by employing satire to provide a how-to list of available deferments: ruptured spleen, homosexuality, poor eyesight, flat feet, asthma, caregiver for invalid relative, college enrollment, war industry worker, spinal injuries, epilepsy, flower and bug allergies, multiple drug addictions, and lack of physical fitness. …”
Vietnam War: Draft Resistance
TIME: How I Got Out of the Vietnam Draft — And Why That Still Matters
YouTube: Resistance – Three stories of Draft Evasion
W – “Draft Dodger Rag”
YouTube: Phil Ochs – Draft Dodger Rag

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1 Response to Draft evasion

  1. It’s crazy to me that you can be forced to fight for your country. It’s like you’re a sacrifice offered up involuntarily by your country, whether you believe in the cause or not. Nuts! Do you ever think conscription will be used again?


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