Track the draft's turbulent history and the unintended consequences of it's elimination.

The Draft | Full Episode Stories of Service

Premiered April 27, 2015
The Draft | Full Episode

Race, class, culture — the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. But ending the draft has produced unintended consequences, creating a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who bear the entire burden of endless wars. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation.

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