December 16, 1965 – General Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, sends Defense Secretary McNamara a request for additional troops. At this point there were nearly 200,000 soldiers in Vietnam and Westmoreland states that he will need and additional 243,000 by 1966 and 600,000 by the end of 1967. His vision was never fully realized, but U.S. involvement would max at 540,000 by 1969. Most of them drafted.
Any wonder why they protested in the streets? Ever wonder what would have happened if they drafted for Iraq and Afgahnastan?