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Report: Donald Trump Got Deferments From Service During Vietnam War

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Donald Trump (credit: Gary Coronado/Palm Beach Post/AP)

Donald Trump (credit: Gary Coronado/Palm Beach Post/AP)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Possible presidential candidate Donald Trump received several draft deferments from military service during the Vietnam War, according to purported Selective Service records that appeared online.

The website TheSmokingGun.com says it received an extract of the records from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The records TheSmokingGun.com obtained show that except for a three-week period, “The Donald” was classified 2-S – deferred due to college study – from July 28, 1964 until January 1, 1968.

On July 9, 1968, Trump’s status switched to 1-A, meaning Trump was available for unrestricted service.

Three months later on October 15, 1968, the real estate mogul’s availability was restricted to only periods of war or national emergency, having received a result of disqualified on his Armed Forces Physical Examination.

Trump was ultimately classified 4-F, medically unqualified for military service, on February 1, 1972 – over three years later.

On Tuesday, Trump neglected to mention his multiple deferments, instead suggesting it was pure chance he didn’t get drafted.

“Well, I actually got lucky,” Trump said. “I had a very, very high number, and they never got up to that number.”

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