Introduction: How to Dodge a Draft

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There hasn't been a military draft in the United States since 1972. With the scaling back of the all volunteer army currently stationed in Iraq and the public's opinion of the war in Iraq, there most likely will not be forced military service any time soon.

I'm going to tell you how to dodge a draft any which way because apparently people still want to know.

This by no means is a reflection of my personal views on the subject nor do I advocate dodging a draft. This is at best merely informational. User assumes any risk for actually being stupid enough to try any of this should the opportunity ever arise.

Step 1: Legal Channels

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The first way to dodge a draft is to go about the matter legally. For instance, in the United States, upon being drafted, a young man can file for conscientious objector status with selective services. He can then go in front of the draft board and plead his case as to why he should not be drafted based on religious or moral grounds. However, objection to a particular war is not grounds for objection; the objection must be made against all wars. Most individuals that claim conscientious objector tend to fail their board hearing since there is no clear grounds on what constitute conscientious objectors and most drafts are instated at times of need.

Step 2: Slightly Less Legal Channels

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If you can't dodge the draft through legal means or based on personal convictions as a pacifist, you can try to be declared physically unfit for service. Go to your doctor and get a thorough checkup for any possible deformity or ailment that may prevent you from being cannon fodder. If he finds something, have your doctor write you a note to the draft board. If he doesn't and he's nice he will make something up and write the note on your behalf any which way. Keep in mind that the military will most likely conduct their own physical and if it should be deemed that you are lying, well then you are just out of luck.

Step 3: One Small Step.

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Avoiding the draft may be as simple as not stepping forward. When you receive a draft notice report to where you are told and when prompted to take one step forward if you are there to join the military, do not. By asking you to step forward and take an oath, the military is fooling you into volunteering to join the military against your will. The 13th amendment prevents involuntary servitude. Just hold your ground no matter what the officers on hand say or do to you. Be prepared to be assaulted verbally and possibly physically. You will also probably be arrested on some charge or another and is usually not upheld by the court since the amendment was originally created to stop slavery.

Step 4: Dirty Dirty Liar

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Thanks to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy the military has in place, it would seem like all you would need to do is show up in drag and tell them that you are a flaming homosexual. However, Corporal Klinger, don't be surprised if this doesn't work. At times when the draft is needed, the army is less picky and even less likely to believe you (considering they heard that story three times already today). This probably won't work, but it may be worth a try.

To stay modern and out of the military, consider starting sexual reassignment. You may have to spend the rest of your life in some transgendered limbo, but at least you won't be shot at by strangers.

Step 5: Go Crazy? Don't Mind If I Do.

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Another possibly ineffective means of avoiding military service is just acting downright crazy. Bark obscenities in all directions. Try to bite your ear off. Walk in circles while waiting in line. And most importantly, don't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Step 6: Get Spoken For.

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You don't have to go to war if you go to prison. Armed robbery may be your ticket out of military service if you don't mind spending a couple of years locked in a cage. In fact, refusing to report to military duty will most likely get you locked up in prison any which way. However, be mindful, that in some regard that could be considered desertion or treason and in severe circumstances subject you to a death sentence. I would be careful about that depending on the circumstances.

Step 7: Fly the Coop.

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If being locked away in an American prison is not your idea of a good time, fleeing the country is always an option. The most ideal place to go is a peaceful nation with no extradition agreement with the United States. The closest nation that I could think of that fits that bill is Cuba, so get your life raft out and start paddling. Unless of course, we go to war with Cuba. This eventuality is unlikely. Other places that are nearby and may be worth a visit are, the perennial favorites, Canada and Mexico

Step 8: Stay and Fight!

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One way to avoid the draft is to challenge the government and stop the war. This is usually accomplished by gathering together a whole bunch of hippies and levitating the Pentagon 300 feet into the air with our minds. If you're having a bad day and the Pentagon won't levitate with the power of your love you are going to need to organize a peaceful resistance. Try the age-old practice of burning draft cards and having sit-ins. Refuse to go quietly.

Step 9: Prevent Wars

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The best way to dodge drafts is to elect officials that won't start wars with other nations in the first place. Think about the selective service registration card that you filled out next time that you go to vote.

Step 10: If All Else Fails.

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Render yourself physically unfit for combat. Chop off your trigger fingers. Puncture an eardrum. Break both your knee caps. Lose a couple of toes. You get the idea. Keep in mind that not only will you permanently disfigure yourself, you will be committing a crime. To add insult to injury, you can be sent to jail for this.


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DaddysGal22 (author)2015-06-03

If you train for the right stuff, even if you are drafted, you might not have to fight...

armytaskforce11x. (author)2015-03-28

lol best way to avood draft,smoke pot fail the asvab then you should be on your way out :)

On top of those things, you cannot be recruited if you are flat footed, also I had a teacher who avoided the draft buy havening a hernia. also my grandpa avoided combat by having a lung disease a a kid an then by enlisting as an airforce runway maintenance man

flat feet is no longer excused for service. Just spoke to a recruiter about that in the past 6 months ( my son has flat feet)

RobertS27 (author)2015-02-25

I tried to enlist (willingly) however I was denied because of my color blindness.

Just fail the Ishimura card test. However, I don't know if the government removes this test during a draft as I was not alive during the last draft.

AtomicJarhead (author)RobertS272015-03-28

color blindness does not excuse you from service, only certain MOS's. I haven't passed a color blindness test since i took the first one in the recruiters office in 1990. I served from 1991-1998 in the USMC as a radio operator and managed to secure two more MOS's while I was in.

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Dr MonkeyMan (author)2014-07-30

Klinger FTW!

Advar (author)2013-08-26

I avoid drafts by closing the window or donning a hoody.

Ooops, wrong instructable.

wobbler (author)Advar2013-09-02

You beat me to it! Now I'm going to have to remove my later comment!

Advar (author)wobbler2013-09-06

Lol, sorry!

wobbler (author)2013-09-02

You could make sure all the gaps in your windows and doors are plugged. If that fails, try moving your chair to somewhere else in the room.

1ofakindwork (author)2013-09-02

I'm not sure if this will work or not but I was rejected from being recruited into the Air Force out of High School, because I have titanium plates in my arm. I was told at the time I could car radiation if I was exposed to it. So you could always Break a leg or arm and get metal plates. They advised me to get it removed then I could be considered. This was a while back of course!

carry radiation.

spikec (author)2013-04-06

I spent the better part of my youth serving in the armed forces and am proud of it. I took an oath as an officer to 'defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic', which means defending your 1st Amendment right to speak and write about anything you want.

Where you are misguided is in your belief that it's cool to expound your political views on a site where people come to learn and share creative ideas, and where political discussion has no place.

Crossing (author)spikec2013-09-02

You might want to take a look at the other instructable this user has created; "How to enlist." They're not trying to make a political statement, just offer instruction, which is what this site is about. Of course, you are still free to disagree, and as Voltaire said:“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it”

gazillabytes (author)2013-09-02

First of all, there is no draft and many patriotic men and women choose to serve in the military to defend America. This is the most pathetic instructable ever and it's really not even an instructable but rather a political statement(s). What's your next "instructable", how to vote democrat? Instructables should be apolitical in my humble opinion, you ruined it.

Crossing (author)gazillabytes2013-09-02

The first thing he says is that there's no draft. Really, it doesn't sound like you read this instructable. I would hardly say that this is advocating a particular political view, but rather, providing instructions, on how to dodge a draft, for potential future reference. Instructables (the site) is apolitical, and even if this particular instructable is political, it can't ruin the site, as you seem to think.

dataphool (author)2013-09-01

In the fall of 1973, I met a guy who told me he deserted and took a trip across the border. He couldn't go back for several years due to Washington being so intransigent. However, he didn't have to go. Unfortunately, I suspect that Ottawa may be somewhat more agreeable to requests from south of the border than 40 years ago. Best to get a careful look at policies of the government of the day.

Your article mentions Cuba and Mexico. I suspect Havana wouldn't mind embarrassing Washington. But do you want to live and learn Spanish? You could try New Zealand.

sherms667 (author)2011-09-14

Tell them you wet the bed. They wont want to put you in a bunk (especially a top bunk [virtually unavoidable, or so I'm told,]) if the urine is going to leak down. They also won't want to deal with the dirty sheets. In addition, it creates problems with other soldiers. It is virtually impossible to hide and everyone will be ridiculing you, or at least avoiding you. Cleanup will take too much time in the morning too. This is how my Dad got out of Vietnam. It has worked for others too.

jkelson (author)2011-04-24

You forgot one...
Get pregnant

bparisi1 (author)jkelson2011-09-07

Doesn't work if you're a man! Men can't get knocked up. And it's not like in high school where the guy is also "punished" for getting the girl pregnant, pending he admits he's the father. He can't say "I can't go, my wife/gf is pregnant." lmao!!!!

anibioman (author)jkelson2011-06-02

doesnt work, women dont have to register with the selective services (cant be drafted)... yet.

brittain123 (author)2011-08-04

or if they started drafting again you could move to canada

Shai Gar (author)2008-02-14

This is very easy for anyone of an abrahamic faith. (If you are Jewish, Christian or Muslim.) Don't worry if you are none of these, you can always fake being a christian, americans tend to assume you are one anyway. Deuteronomy 5:17 You shall not murder. You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. —Matthew 5:38-42, NIV These two lines can be used by any christian. The first is from the ten commandments which all people of abrahamic faith must abide by.

A good name (author)Shai Gar2008-03-23

Actually, with most Bibles there is a thou shalt not kill thing. Well, seriously, I wouldn't and I doubt there will be a draft EVER, since that would just make public opionion of the war even lower. Plus, with all the NATO troops that are going into Iraq, and all the ones they still have in the reserve, I doubt that there will ever be a need for a draft.

Actually the correct translation is "Thou shalt not murder" rather than "Thou shalt not kill".

Shai Gar (author)egbertfitzwilly2011-06-02

Kill is to end a life accidentally
Murder is to end a life purposefully, regardless of what "mans law" says.

egbertfitzwilly (author)Shai Gar2011-06-02

How long have you been a rabbi?

Shai Gar (author)egbertfitzwilly2011-06-02

To understand ancient hebrew and greek is to be a religious leader of a particular faith?

Don't be so stupid.

egbertfitzwilly (author)Shai Gar2011-06-03

No, but to make an authentic translation of the sacred texts of a religion requires a deep and profound knowledge of the language and culture in which that religion evolved and exists. It is man's law that turned the Hebrew word for murder into kill.

Shai Gar (author)egbertfitzwilly2011-06-03

I was defining two words.

mackamitsu (author)Shai Gar2010-07-20

So why did Jesus order his desciples to sell their cloaks to buy swords to defend themselves? Why did Jesus imply that they needed to defend themselves from robbers and animals, but not to have the swords to cause uprising or mayhem?

Shai Gar (author)mackamitsu2011-06-02

Because it's a made up book.

mackamitsu (author)2008-08-25

there comes a point when one must defend their family, friends and neighbours. There is a difference between murder and self defense, or doing your duty as a soldier. As a civilian I would expect you wouldn't have to get in harms way, but I guarantee, when someone tries to harm your family, all bets are off.

Foehammer358 (author)mackamitsu2009-10-30

I shall not kill a brother,father,son,uncle,and husband in any circumstances.Grant it, i won't actually give him a gun to shoot him,but i will NOT kill any other human.

Shai Gar (author)Foehammer3582011-06-02

But you'll kill a woman? You sexist prick.


YoungPyro19 (author)Foehammer3582010-07-17

Well I guess you're open game. Where do you live...

mackamitsu (author)Foehammer3582009-10-31

so what happens when someone enters your home, subdues you with force and violates the sanctity of your family? The cops are reactive, in other words they have to wait until something happens, by then you may not get to the phone in time to call 911. As soon as this happens you will change your tune, ask the Mennonites who left the group in PA after their daughters were killed.

Foehammer358 (author)mackamitsu2009-11-01

thats why i always keep a Big Fat Wrench by my bed.No killing, but in those EXTREME cases,you jus give him a nice taste of Steel.

whats the point of a big wrench when by the time you have thought to use it,the bad guy will have already taken it,and put a gun at ur hean even if he doesnt take it rock beats scisors gun beats wrench

1. this is getting kind of out of hand, better get a seperate instructable for this...

2.WTF?i dont think a thief wont bring a gun in the house hes about to rob.i mean, thief, Stealth means everything.

3. we live 1 street away from ze powliece stayshun.

4.dude,this is how not to get enroled into army or summin, not HOW TO SURVIVE IF A THIEF BRINGS A GUN IN YOUR HOUSE!!!

5.dude, you are getting boring.

well what i mean is a wrench is not enough to defend u against a guy with a gun that's all

i know, i ain't saying the contrary. but... what are the odds of a thief getting past the heavy deadbolt, alarm system,etc. AND bring a gun to your house with a foreclosure notice with CANCELLED on top?thieves are looking for riches, they won't go for your average house, they'll go with the fancy, big house.even then, a simpleprivate security sign will stop most thiefs in their tracks.

anyways, i'm tired of talking about this, my beliefs are mine,yours are yours =D


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