I would add part of the "silent generation" to the Vietnam Generation. Draft eligibility was between ages 18 and 26. At one point, I figured that the oldest person to have been eligible for the draft was born in 1938, and the youngest was born in 1952 or 1953.Within the Baby Boomer Generation is the Vietnam Generation. A very significant event of that time.
I'm glad that your family members survived the experience. It must have been a nightmare for them.I missed the draft by 3 years & my brother by 1 year but my 2nd cousin was drafted. We all had a party for him & fortunately he made it home. Another cousin was already in the army & flew helicopters. I remember him coming home & telling us about it when I was in high school.
I was HS class of '74. I had to go register for the draft but because (I assume) that they knew they were no longer actively drafting, my draft card was issued with most of the fields having "xxxxx" entered in them.Most of us who post here are “Generation Jones” (1955-1964). The last draft call was in 1972, so we missed it.
My high school class (1975) was the last to have to register with the Selective Service.
I missed class of '74 by a week or two so I was class of '75. I remember registering for the draft in '74 & oddly enough my dad insisted on coming with me. He was really nice that day which was weird because normally he was an asshole. He hated me until I was around 35. He was a teletyper (morse code) in the Army Air Corps & went to Germany just as WW2 was winding down.I was HS class of '74. I had to go register for the draft but because (I assume) that they knew they were no longer actively drafting, my draft card was issued with most of the fields having "xxxxx" entered in them.
Even knowing that the draft calls had ended, it still was a pretty sobering experience for an 18 year old to have to go register. I grew up in a small town (~15k residents) that had already lost quite a few young men by that time.