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The Writer’s Almanac for March 6, 2017: Winter, Spring

Mar. 6, 2017: on this day: Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to establish a draft lottery

On this date in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery for military service. Previously, young men registered for the Selective Service at the age of 18. In the instance of war, they could be drafted by the U.S. military for service for a period of at least 21 months. However, there were deferments for married men, men with children, and young men enrolled in college.