I was never an opponent of the war except as it pertained to me going. After delaying my physical for months I had been cleared for service.  And wow, they instituted the lottery and suspended additional inductions, me included.
I remember watching the lottery unfold on TV like a game show but with more riding on the outcome than a simple prize.  My number was 271 and the projection was that they would make it through 2/3rds of the list.  In the end I think they only called through No. 195.  Whew!