50 years after draft ended, Times seeks input on issue from readers

The U.S. ended its military draft 50 years ago this winter after 25 uninterrupted years of conscription. As the Washington Post reported in a story published Feb. 4 in the Watertown Daily Times, the draft “created an arbitrary but lasting divide between the nearly 2 million men who had been drafted and those who would avoid conscription by celebrating their 19th birthdays after January, 1973.”

The Watertown Daily Times is looking for individuals who would like to share their experiences with the draft, either by welcoming it, avoiding it, ignoring it and signing up for duty regardless, or actively protesting against it.

Contact WDT features writer Chris Brock at cbrock@wdt.net or by writing to him at Watertown Daily Times, 260 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.