What Are Some Military Draft Statistics?

During the Vietnam War, 38 percent of U.S. draftees went to Vietnam, and draftees died at a higher rate than army volunteers. The United Kingdom drafted 8 million men during World War II. China has instituted a draft many times over its history, and 300,000 drafted soldiers helped build the Great Wall of China.

From 1965 to 1973, the United States drafted 1,728,344 people and sent 648,500 of those people to Vietnam for the war. Draftees made up 25 percent of the forces in the country. Of the combat deaths in Vietnam, 17,725, or 30.4 percent of the total combat deaths, were draftees.

The United Kingdom began drafting men for World War II in May 1939, which was before the war began. France, which was allied with the United Kingdom, pressured it to draft in preparation for war with Germany. The United Kingdom began drafting unmarried women in 1942. However, it didn't assign women to combat positions unless they volunteered for them.

The Qin Empire constructed the Great Wall of China. In addition to the drafted soldiers, the country also drafted 500,000 laborers to work on the wall. As different dynasties have controlled China, drafting has been abolished and brought back. While the law in China allows for mandatory military service, as of 2015, the country has a large population and typically has enough volunteers.