Starting at square one, there's a difference between a draft dodger and a draft resister. It was relatively easy to dodge the draft during Vietnam, at least for a few years of your eligibility. Those who did so were generally not looked down upon, as it was all perfectly legal. One went from a draft dodger to a draft resister when he got his notice to report for a physical (first step), or having cooperated with that phase, when he was actually called for induction (second step, for those who previously passed the physical/psychological evaluation at the earlier date). That is the point at which resisters made the decision to refuse induction and possibly go to jail, or leave the country, or go underground in the States and hope not to be found. Simply dodging the draft was not all that much of a moral commitment to a principle. Nothing was being put on the line until they were actually drafted.
With no draft for three decades, it's very easy to talk big about refusing to go, because you will never have to back those words up. Guys who went to jail or Canada or underground did not only affect their own lives, but those of their family members as well. I knew many guys who swore they'd never go but once Decision Day came, and their futures were about to be carved out for them, suddenly the draft wasn't that bad of an alternative.
Big talk .. heard it , seen it, laughed at it when it wasn't backed up. There were a LOT of draft DODGERS, and I had no problem with them, more power to them. But there weren't really all that many guys who really went through with a decision to alter their lives for their foreseeable futures (as they could not know that Amnesty would be offered a few years later for those who left the country.)
Had there been internet message boards during Vietnam, I'm sure there would have been about 30 million guys who would have anonymously swore they would resist when actually called. Yet in reality very few actually did.
The easiest decisions in life are the ones you don't actually have to make. Hypothetical situations, such as that presented in the OP, are a piece of cake to deal with.
This post was edited on 12/9 at 7:01 pm