When our mother and our sister said the words draft board
their voices were low and their faces tensed.
She always desired to help lift that population up, and while she didn't have a draft board
directing her toward public service, she had her own calling of sorts.
Though Salmon knew that laws about draft resistance were severe and harsh, he nevertheless wrote his local draft board
dearly stating his position: "I am legitimately entitled to an exemption: a wife and mother to support.
The draft board
also reviews detailed medical records on all Israelis with developmental disabilities, including the virtually 100% of children and adolescents diagnosed with ASDs who receive universal health care and other services through government agencies.
Reichenberg and his colleagues tapped into a database of Israeli young people, who are required to register with a draft board
at age 17.
He can't wait for the draft board
to send him to war, so that he can escape the dusty town and all of its dark memories.
During 1944, I was having problems with the draft board
. I wasn't averse to going into the armed forces, but I felt I was making a useful contribution to the war effort working at the RRL.
Even before any congressional authorization, the Pentagon has begun a quiet campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board
positions as well as similar positions on 11,070 appeals boards.
Its focus is on the Catholic Left, an informally-organized but highly influential group of resisters defined by their participation in the draft board
raids made famous by the radical priests Daniel and Philip Berrigan.
The advantage was that even if his student deferment was lifted, his married status might carry some weight with his draft board
"The Selective Service System (SSS) wants to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of a local draft board
," announced a notice posted on the Selective Service System's website on September 22.
With few exceptions--such as Walt, a devout Quaker who had been arrested for burning files "liberated" from a draft board
office in southern California--most anti-war activists managed to avoid serving jail time themselves.
Charlie Fink, later Monsignor Fink, after graduating from college in 1968, went to his draft board
to apply for a deferment for graduate school.
When Tom Cornell informed his draft board
that he lacked a draft card, he did so not out of a sense of civic duty or because he desired to follow the letter of the law.
Nine polite, well-dressed men and women walked into the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board
office May 17, 1968, tussled briefly with staff members there (apologized profusely for doing so), and then emerged with piles of Selective Service records they quietly set afire using napalm they'd made from scratch.