Mr. Motto, I’ll give you credit for fighting the good fight, but you attempt to equate the National Guard of the Vietnam period with the National Guard of today is flawed.
A political decision was made early on not to mobilize the NG or the Reserve for Vietnam – that decision was made as early as 1965 – and is the reason that (1) there were huge waiting lists to get into a Guard unit (it is my recollection that the Army Reserve was not taking enlistments, only people who had completed their obligated active duty, until about 1972 when the war started to crank down) and (2) those of us on active duty had to deal with substandard conscripts generated by Project One hundred Thousand. Clearly there were some Guard units mobilized early on – a fighter wing from Sioux City for example – but President Johnson was not prepared to deal with the political fire storm that a widespread mobilization would have generated. It was the unlucky Guardsman indeed who was called to active duty. It was general knowledge among college students and draft age young men that your chances of not being sent off to SE Asia to have your ass shot at and to not have your life disrupted was much, much, much better if you could find an NG slot. It was known by active duty soldiers, too, and there was no small amount of resentment when the NG outfits came rolling into active duty bases for their two weeks of playing soldier with their truck loads of beer, wooden floored tents and route step attitude. I was there. I saw it happen.
I also saw a major reform of the Guard and Reserve after Vietnam. I saw it transformed from a haven for slackers and blowhards and the bully boys used to suppress campus unrest, from an undisciplined and under equipped men’s club, into an effective and necessary part of the military establishment.
Your argument depends on a fantasy, a hallucination, and a refusal to confront cold, hard facts.
I’ll tell you one more thing, Mr. Motto, if I could have gotten a Guard or Reserve billet in 1967 I sure as hell would have. But if I had I would not send out my surrogates and running dogs to throw mud at the reputation and accomplishments of men who did actually go – and perhaps went in my place.