Missionary To The Surrender Monkeys

Winger head explosion alert! Mitt Romney dodged the draft during the Vietnam War by performning Mormom missionary work…


As the Vietnam War raged in the 1960s, Mitt Romney received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon “minister of religion” for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years.

Before and after his missionary deferment, Romney also received nearly three years of deferments for his academic studies. When his deferments ended and he became eligible for military service in 1970, he drew a high number in the annual lottery that determined which young men were drafted. His high number ensured he was not drafted into the military.

The deferments for Mormon missionaries became increasingly controversial in the late 1960s, especially in Utah, leading the Mormon Church and the government to limit the number of church missionaries who could put off their military service. That agreement called for each church ward, or church district, to designate one male every six months to be exempted from potential duty for the duration of his missionary work.

Romney’s home state was Michigan, making his 4-D exemption as a missionary all but automatic because of the relatively small number of Mormon missionaries from that state. It might have been more difficult in Utah, where the huge Mormon population meant that there were sometimes more missionaries than available exemptions. Most missions lasted two and a half years, as Romney’s did.

6 thoughts on “Missionary To The Surrender Monkeys

  1. Well, to be fair:
    (1) Draft-dodging is the wingnut apogee of true heroism and manliness. Draft dodgers smell so good, and have huge codpieces, while decorated combat veterans are traitors to be shit on repeatedly.
    (2) If anyone needs American Jesus brought to them, it’s the heathen homosexual French.
    So I don’t see much cognitive dissonance developing here. Though, as virgotex points out, he was trying to bring them to a slightly different, sexier American Jesus.

  2. I know Mormons who did their mission in the US and got deferments! In UT the church in conjunction with the draft boards (populated with LDS members) did an excellent job of protecting the LDS young men, helping to insure a large crop of future LDS babies.

  3. so mister “double guantanamo” was a double punkass chickenhawk guano-huffing beeyotch back in the day, nice.

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