dodge the draft


: to avoid being drafted into the military
Many young men tried to dodge the draft by leaving the country.

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Recent Examples on the Web Fake medical exemptions are one of many tactics used to dodge the draft. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Apr. 2024 Kyiv’s recruiting strategy has been plagued by overly aggressive tactics and more widespread attempts to dodge the draft. Thomas Gibbons-Neff Finbarr O’Reilly, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Buying their way out Some men — a small minority, government officials say — dodge the draft by breaking the law. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2023 Some dodge the draft, while those already serving desert or refuse orders to redeploy on the bloody, chaotic battlefields of Ukraine. Neil MacFarquhar,, 1 May 2023 The changes appear to give the Kremlin a much more streamlined system that would enable a more thorough conscription effort, closing loopholes that have helped thousands dodge the draft. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 12 Apr. 2023 Many potential conscripts are now trying to flee the country in an effort to dodge the draft. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 29 Sep. 2022 Before that, Austin makes this complicated decision to invest in being involved as a dad, but also to dodge the draft and pay someone else to go to war for him. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021

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“Dodge the draft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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