Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

from Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Anecdotal evidence supporting this kind of situation during the Vietnam era, where a judge insisted that a young offender enlist in the Army or head to jail, is rife. There is also documentary evidence of such behavior, in the form of a 1972 newspaper article that talks about the Army wanting to end the practice

President Johnson spoke of the military’s need for more boys to fight in Vietnam. He was adamant that he would get what he requested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HO06__Z_So Vietnam War- Draft Newsreel

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