He's a vocal gun advocate and a member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors but it seems that rocker Ted Nugent was not always so anxious to bear arms.
The 64-year-old musician avoided toting around
an M14 during the Vietnam War thanks to a series of military deferments that allowed him to
dodge the draft, according to Selective Service records.
Theodore Anthony Nugent first received a high school deferment in
February 1967 when he was 18 and after briefly being reclassified as
available for service, he received a college deferment when he
enrolled in Oakland Community College in Michigan.
He was later classified as 1-Y, indicating that he was qualified for
service only in time of a national emergency, a classification usually issued to candidates saddled with significant medical or mental
In interviews, Nugent has provided varying accounts of how he avoided
a seat on a troop transport to Southeast Asia. In a High Times
interview, he claimed to have stopped bathing a month before his draft
physical, adding that he showed up for the exam with pants “crusted”
with urine and feces. “I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop,”
He also said he snorted a line of crystal meth before the physical because, “I
wanted to see the look on the Sergeant’s face."
Nugent recently relied on a false and outdated report frequently promoted
by conspiracy theorists to claim that no assault weapons were used in
the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut
authorities have stated that all of the Newtown victims were shot with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon, some victims receiving up to 11 gunshot wounds.
In a February 13 website column Nugent wrote: "No so-called assault weapon was used in the grisly
murders of the children and teachers in Newton," and instead suggested
that four handguns were used to kill 20 children and six educators at
Sandy Hook Elementary School