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• Photographic record of the last United States draft in 1972
• Follow one of the last groups inducted to serve in Vietnam
• All photographs are candid, with no Army censorship
This photojournalistic essay documents one of the last groups of civilians
to be drafted into the United States Army in 1972. The journey beings at
an induction center in Philadelphia, where recruits swear allegiance to the
United States, and undergo physical and mental examinations. The focus
then shifts to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, for orientation, haircutting, and
the acquisition of uniforms and supplies. The balance of the nine-week
experience is basic training—where civilians become soldiers. We observe
them practicing hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship, and we also see
themcalling home, writing letters and bonding with fellow soldiers. Shortly
after these images were taken, the draft officially ended and the all-volunteer
army began. All photographs are candid. Nothing was set up or posed for
the camera, nor was there censorship by the army of any of the images taken
for this project.
Ed Eckstein
has been a self-employed documentary photographer
since the mid-1960s. He has traveled on assignment throughout the
United States and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America
on assignments for publications, non-profit organizations, human
services agencies, graphic designers and corporations. His specialty is
un-manipulated “non-fiction” imagery.
Size: 9" × 9" • 116 b/w photos • 128 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5302-4 • hard cover • $24.99
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