The United States Defence Department held its second draft lottery in Washington on Wednesday (1 July) to call-up nineteen-year-old men for the Army.
LV INT ZOOM INTO Man taking number from lottery drum and announcing date and number
SV INT Living room young people watching lottery drawing on television (3 shots)
CU Students (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): QUESTION: "What will you do if you are drafted?"
STUDENT: "Well, I'll refuse to go into the Army, I'll probably split to Canada, or Europe."
QUESTION: "Don't you feel you have any stake in this country?"
STUDENT: "I feel I do. I fell that only by showing my objection to the war and resisting the draft that I will be showing how I feel and what I want this country to be like".
SECOND STUDENT: "They can do all the calling they want but I will not pick up a gun and I will not learn how to kill. That's something that has to be taught and I will reject that teaching."
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Background: The United States Defence Department held its second draft lottery in Washington on Wednesday (1 July) to call-up nineteen-year-old men for the Army. The selection of conscripts came after the Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird had predicted that it might be possible to make substantial reductions in draft calls.
The call-up order fixed under a system designed to make the choice as totally random as possible. Two rotating drums of capsules were used. One contained birth dates and the other held numbers giving the order in which the dates would be called up. After the birth date was picked out of the drum the order of selection was chosen from the second container.
The lottery system has been in use since last December when it replaced the heavily criticised procedure which used in "oldest man first" basis. President Nixon has said he wants to eventually have an all-volunteer Army. Mr. Laird said the expected reduction in draft calls was due to the U.S. operations against Communist bases in Cambodia. Young men throughout the United States watched the draft lottery on television and two students at a New York University spoke to reporters afterwards: