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Why were soldiers so young in the Vietnam War?

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October 01, 2008 5:48AM

All wars traditionally use young men. Drummer boys were used by both sides during the US Civil War. "Powder Monkeys" & "Cabin Boys", boys that carried gunpowder to the crewmen manning the guns aboard wooden sailing ships, were common practice amongst British and American Navies. Many young men under the age of 18 were not honest about their age when they enlisted into the US military during WW2. They were all given a presidential pardon when the war was over. Technically, all men under the age of 21 in Vietnam were minors, 21 was the legal adult age until the early 70's.