Looks like the Donald is getting some of his own medicine. In an earlier interview, Trump stated he “got lucky” and didn’t get drafted because his number was high. Trump was born on June 14, 1946. So, let’s, just for fun, look at how he avoided the draft from 1964 at the age of 18 through 1972 when he turned 26, and the draft was on its way out.
The classifications given to Trump over the eight-year period of time were:
- 2-S – 1964 – received July 1964 (student deferment)
- 2-S – 1965 – received December 1965 (student deferment)
- 1-A – 1966 – received November 1966 (unrestricted military service)
- 2-S – 1966 – received December 1966 (student deferment)
- 2-S -1968 – received January 1968 (student deferment)
- 1-A – 1968 – received July 1968 (unrestricted military service)
- 1-Y – 1968 – received October 1968 (Registrant available for military service, but qualified only in case of war or national emergency. Usually given to registrants with medical conditions that were limiting but not disabling (examples: high blood pressure, mild muscular or skeletal injuries or disorders, skin disorders, severe allergies, etc.). Class was discontinued in December, 1971 and its members were reclassified as 4-F.
- 4-F – 1972 – received February 1972
According to Selective Service records, Trump received three deferments while he attended college. He graduated in 1968, which ended his college deferment. At the end of his second college deferment, he was re-classified to a 1-A, which surely sent him into a panic as he anxiously watched the mailbox each day for that letter with the salutation – “Greetings” and ended with instructions to report for duty.
Trump actually had the lack of foresight to say he was “sitting at college” watching the draft numbers being drawn. Excuse me, Mr. Trump, but the lottery didn’t begin officially until 1969 with the first drawing in 1970 and you graduated in 1968.
After graduating from college, he apparently went to work for his father’s business and somehow finagled a 1-Y deferment. The 1-Y provided that the registrant was eligible but for some health reason, the registrant was unable to serve. In the next few weeks expect to become privy to Trump’s medical records so we can see just what horrendous medical condition plagued Trump so badly that he was prevented from reporting for duty.
The draft lottery to which Trump refers was in place in 1970, 1971, and 1972. During all three years of the draft lottery, Trump hid under the blanket of his 1-Y classification. In 1972, Trump turned 26 and was still in possession of his 4-F classification. His lottery number for 1972 was 95 – a number that put him in the first 25% of young men who were subject to being drafted. In all likelihood, had he not had his 4-F classification, he would have been drafted based on his number of 95.
Trump is now getting a dose of his own medicine, and he will soon find out how uncharitable the right is to candidates who dodged the draft. For Trump, the games have just begun.