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1st Dec '16 5:59:08 AM AFP
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An alternative for Draft Dodging is ''getting smart''. That means volunteering in a unit with little to do with actual military, such as National Guard, Coast Guard or Border Guard, or pulling the strings and/or gaming the system by getting yourself in a non-fighting position, such as company clerk, vehicle mechanic or drill instructor.

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An alternative for Draft Dodging is ''getting smart''. That means volunteering in a unit with little to do with actual military, such as National Guard, Coast Guard or Border Guard, or pulling the strings and/or gaming the system by getting yourself in a non-fighting position, such as company clerk, vehicle mechanic or drill instructor.
instructor. Of course, even this isn't foolproof, as in the US, the Coast Guard and National Guard can both be (and especially in recent years, often are) mobilized to the front lines, and even SoldiersAtTheRear might find themselves on the front due to the needs of the service or surprise enemy attacks.
19th Nov '16 9:48:11 PM azul120
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* A ''{{Series/QI}}'' episode discussed how during WWI, Germans and British propaganda teams bombed each other with leaflets carrying information on how to fake symptoms of tuberculosis so that you can be sent back. Methods including smoking 30 cigarettes per day to get the heart palpatations, raspy voice and cough; putting toothpaste into your eyes to make them watery and bloodshot, and mixing some smegma into your sputum samples to fool the people doing the biopsy.

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* A ''{{Series/QI}}'' ''Series/{{QI}}'' episode discussed how during WWI, Germans and British propaganda teams bombed each other with leaflets carrying information on how to fake symptoms of tuberculosis so that you can be sent back. Methods including smoking 30 cigarettes per day to get the heart palpatations, raspy voice and cough; putting toothpaste into your eyes to make them watery and bloodshot, and mixing some smegma into your sputum samples to fool the people doing the biopsy.












* ''{{Series/Community}}'' mentions that Pierce moved to Canada to sit out the Vietnam War.

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* ''{{Series/Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' mentions that Pierce moved to Canada to sit out the Vietnam War.






19th Nov '16 9:47:11 PM azul120
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An alternative for DraftDodging is ''getting smart''. That means volunteering in a unit with little to do with actual military, such as National Guard, Coast Guard or Border Guard, or pulling the strings and/or gaming the system by getting yourself in a non-fighting position, such as company clerk, vehicle mechanic or drill instructor.

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An alternative for DraftDodging Draft Dodging is ''getting smart''. That means volunteering in a unit with little to do with actual military, such as National Guard, Coast Guard or Border Guard, or pulling the strings and/or gaming the system by getting yourself in a non-fighting position, such as company clerk, vehicle mechanic or drill instructor.
8th Nov '16 8:43:43 AM AgProv
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* IOn ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/9/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', an Assassins' Guild graduate is seen industriously finding new and pressing reasons to extend her stay in Ankh-Morpork so as to avoid national service in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica her native country]]. The expectation is that after being sponsorored through the toughest school on the Disc for seven years and having been taught lots of skills which would be useful to her Staadt, as one educated overseas at State expense she is expected to return Home and repay her country's investment in her. by signing up in a useful capacity. Heidi van Kruger has other ideas which do not include two years in the paramilitary SecretPolice. She notes to herself, seeing the example of a compatriot, that marriage and pregnancy would be a heroic last-ditch exemption. By the end of the story there is, in fact, a potential husband.

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* IOn In ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/9/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', an Assassins' Guild graduate is seen industriously finding new and pressing reasons to extend her stay in Ankh-Morpork so as to avoid national service in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica her native country]]. The expectation is that after being sponsorored through the toughest school on the Disc for seven years and having been taught lots of skills which would be useful to her Staadt, as one educated overseas at State expense she is expected to return Home and repay her country's investment in her. by signing up in a useful capacity. Heidi van Kruger has other ideas which do not include two years in the paramilitary SecretPolice. She notes to herself, seeing the example of a compatriot, that marriage and pregnancy would be a heroic last-ditch exemption. By the end of the story there is, in fact, a potential husband.
8th Nov '16 8:43:02 AM AgProv
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* IOn ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/9/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', an Assassins' Guild graduate is seen industriously finding new and pressing reasons to extend her stay in Ankh-Morpork so as to avoid national service in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica her native country]]. The expectation is that after being sponsorored through the toughest school on the Disc for seven years and having been taught lots of skills which would be useful to her Staadt, as one educated overseas at State expense she is expected to return Home and repay her country's investment in her. by signing up in a useful capacity. Heidi van Kruger has other ideas which do not include two years in the paramilitary SecretPolice. She notes to herself, seeing the example of a compatriot, that marriage and pregnancy would be a heroic last-ditch exemption. By the end of the story there is, in fact, a potential husband.
7th Oct '16 12:44:56 AM morane
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An alternative for DraftDodging is ''getting smart''. That means volunteering in a unit with little to do with actual military, such as National Guard, Coast Guard or Border Guard, or pulling the strings and/or gaming the system by getting yourself in a non-fighting position, such as company clerk, vehicle mechanic or drill instructor.
4th Oct '16 2:03:56 PM Antigone3
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* It's stated in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Phoenix and Ashes]]'' that Robbie uses his ability to dislocate his shoulders at will to avoid the [=WWI=] draft. In his case, it's because he's much happier acting as a bodyguard/enforcer for a crooked lawyer (TheDragon for the novel's villain); he would have been quite capable of acting as a soldier.
17th Sep '16 4:45:16 PM KidDynamite
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* Gregg Allman took a more drastic measure. When he got his draft notice, he and his brother, Duane, had a "foot-shooting" party. They had a party and when Gregg was good and drunk, they called the EMT's and shot Gregg in the foot (Gregg was originally going to shoot himself, but was so nervous Duane had to do it). When he went to his draft physical, he claimed he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. They bought it and he was rejected.
* Musician Bobby Keys (best known as the sax played for Music/TheRollingStones) was actually accused of being a draft dodger because he never showed up for his draft physicals, as he was on the road playing and never received the letters. He was advised by the head of his local draft board to try and enlist before the Army caught up with him. He did so, and was rejected due to a medical history of ulcers.

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* Gregg Allman took a more drastic measure. When he got his draft notice, [[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand he and his brother, Duane, Duane]], had a "foot-shooting" party. They had a party and when Gregg was good and drunk, they called the EMT's and shot Gregg in the foot (Gregg was originally going to shoot himself, but was so nervous Duane had to do it). When he went to his draft physical, he claimed he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. They bought it and he was rejected.
* Musician Bobby Keys (best known as the sax played player for Music/TheRollingStones) was actually accused of being a draft dodger because he never showed up for his draft physicals, as he was on the road playing and never received the letters. He was advised by the head of his local draft board to try and enlist before the Army caught up with him. He did so, and was rejected due to a medical history of ulcers.
6th Sep '16 5:39:23 PM jormis29
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* Averted by WillEisner's father in his autobiographical graphic novel ''To the Heart of the Storm''. He opts not to have his eye put out (by a doctor!) to avoid service in World War I, instead he emigrates to America.

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* Averted by WillEisner's father in his autobiographical graphic novel ''To the Heart of the Storm''.''ComicBook/ToTheHeartOfTheStorm''. He opts not to have his eye put out (by a doctor!) to avoid service in World War I, instead he emigrates to America.
3rd Sep '16 7:07:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** Later into the book, one-year volunteer Marek[[note]]One-year volunteer - [[GratuitousGerman Einjährigfreiwilliger]] - is his rank in the [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austrian military]], a designation for a "reserve officer candidate", he was actually drafted.[[/note]] is introduced, who describes his failed attempts to catch rheumatism - he slept in gutters in rain and bathed in icy river - which only hardened him to cold, so he felt perfectly fit after spending whole night sleeping on snow. He also tried to catch a venereal disease, visiting brothel daily, but he [[STDImmunity remained immune]]. Finally he met a disabled soldier who injected him with something which made him suffer a "real rheumatism" so he can hardly move.

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** Later into the book, one-year volunteer Marek[[note]]One-year volunteer - [[GratuitousGerman Einjährigfreiwilliger]] - is his rank in the [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austrian military]], a designation for a "reserve officer candidate", he was actually drafted.[[/note]] is introduced, who describes his failed attempts to catch rheumatism - he slept in gutters in rain and bathed in icy river - which only hardened him to cold, so he felt perfectly fit after spending whole night sleeping on snow. He also tried to catch a venereal disease, visiting brothel daily, but he [[STDImmunity remained immune]]. Finally he met a disabled soldier who injected him with something which made him suffer a "real rheumatism" so he can hardly move.
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