76% Of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds<quoted text>
Without the draft there would not have been a Vietnam War, at least not of the same size and duration.
By the way, do you have any statistics whatsoever to support your assertions about who was drafted and who served? Or are you just repeating your prejudices?
Three fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds..
Some 23% Of Vietnam Vets had fathers with proffessional, managerial, or technical occupations.
88.4% Of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%(275,000) were Black; 1% belonged to other races.
86.3% Of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (Includes Hispanics); 12.5%(7,241) Were Black; 1.2% Belonged to other races.
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% Of total) died there.
70% Of enlisted men killed were of Northwest European Descent.
86.8% Of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1%(5,711) Were Black; 1.1% Belonged to other races.
14.6%(1,530) Of Non-Combat deaths were among Blacks.
34% OF Blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
Overall , Blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the % of Blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.
as far as politicians serving, nothing but anecdotal but it is interesting.
BTW I was nearing draft age towards the end of the war, had had friends who were drafted and friends who avoided the draft throught the National Guard. The only friends I had that got in the guard were because of Daddy's connections