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Fortunate Son


*Claim:*   Being an only child (or an only son) automatically exempts you
from military service.

*Status:*   */False./*

*Example:*   /[Collected on the Internet, 2001]/



As an only son, I have heard a few times before that there is an "only son
clause" law with the military. Meaning that since I am an only son, I
cannot be drafted for war. Is this true?


*Origins:*   The belief that


Source: www.snopes.com/military/onlyson.asp


can only children get drafted


Sole Surviving Son or Daughter

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By Rod Powers

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Contrary to popular belief, "only sons," "the last son to carry the family
name," and "sole surviving sons" must register for the draft, they can be
drafted, and they can serve in combat. However, they may be entitled to a
/peacetime/ deferment if there is a military death in the immediate family.

Provisions regarding the survivors of veterans were written into Selective
Service law after World War II. Details have varied over the years, but the
basic premise remains the same; where a family member has been lost as a
result of military service, the remaining family members should be
protected insofar as possible.

It is important to keep in mind that the provisions are directly related to
service-connected deaths. The mere fact that a man is the only child or
only son does not qualify him for consideration - he must be the survivor
of one who died as a result of military service.

The present


Source: usmilitary.about.com/od/deploymentsconflicts/a/solesurviving.htm

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