Dr Paul vs Newt - a fact check article on draft rules of the daySubmitted by nomoreneocons on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:24
This looks legit, but I still suspect Newt's "purity":
THE FACTS: It's true that Paul was a husband and father when he served as an active-duty Air Force doctor from 1963-1965. He turned 18 in 1953, finished medical school in 1961 and was drafted in 1962 under a law that said fathers had to serve unless their induction would cause their dependents extreme hardship.
But the draft was changed the following year,
giving all fathers a pass without having to prove hardship. Gingrich registered for the draft when he turned 18 in 1961 and was contacted by his draft board to fill out a general information questionnaire in mid-1963. Upon reviewing the questionnaire, the board gave him a deferment on the basis of having a child, Selective Service System officials said Tuesday after reviewing ledgers from the era.
"I wasn't eligible for the draft," Gingrich said in Saturday's exchange, repeating for emphasis: "I wasn't eligible for the draft."
Strictly speaking, it's true that fathers were not eligible to be drafted at that time—just as students got deferments and were not eligible to be compelled into the armed forces then. That doesn't mean Gingrich couldn't serve—he could have joined the military voluntarily. It only means the government couldn't conscript him.