The Draft

About the Show

Documentary covering the history of the military draft in America, from the origins of conscription to its turbulent peak in the Vietnam War, and exploring the unintended consequences for soldiers and citizens alike of eliminating mandatory service. Vivid, contemporary and probing, the programme features searing stories and intimate interviews with the people who fought the draft, supported it, and lived its realities, while telling the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation.