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    America Celebrates 50 Years of All-Volunteer Force. Some Vets Recall Draft Like It Was Yesterday.

    America Celebrates 50 Years of All-Volunteer Force. Some Vets Recall Draft Like It Was Yesterday.

    It was 1966 when Paul White, then an 18-year-old from Texas, said officers visited the young men in his high school class and told them during an assembly they had been drafted to fight in .

    “You didn't know what it's like; you don't know what you got to do,” White, now a 76-year-old veteran living in Kansas, recalled to Military.com in a phone interview. “All you can do is hope they train you right.”

    Saturday, July 1, marks the 50th anniversary of the all-volunteer in the American military when officials did away with the draft, lotteries and conscripting young men into the service. And some Vietnam veterans, such as White, remember the uncertainty and shock that came with having your number called on television or receiving a letter in the mail.

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    According to data from the Selective Service System, more than 16 million Americans have been inducted, another term for drafted, into service for World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

    “The last man inducted entered the U.S. Army on June 30, 1973 during the last draft conducted,” the Selective Service System said on its website.

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement on Friday that the transition from conscription to volunteerism was a bold step, one that no other military of similar capabilities had ever taken on.

    “Over the past…

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