When I was in High School I hated being a JW--- no participation in sports, no dances, no holidays, no fun.
It was embarassing to be a Witness and I did all that I could to hide that fact. I did no witnessing to
my school mates. I stood for the pledge of allegiance so as not to stand out. I never witnessed or
expressed my beliefs to my teachers. Now I graduated, was appointed as a Servant in the congregation,
(they must have been really desperate) and the nation is in the middle of the Vietnam War.
I had no desire to go there and I knew that I would be drafted so I decided to Pioneer and try to get
a deferment for being a "minister". ( It was called a 4-D which was the most coveted prize a young JW
guy could get and if you got a 4-D you were really considered as being special ). After being a pioneer for about
5 months I get my notice to appear before the draft board to state my case. They said that they would get back with me.
Well I came to find out later that the Selective Service had the FBI talk to all of my high school teachers, some of my
class mates and even my neighbors where I lived. Of course the school teachers did not know that
I was a JW and that I even stood for the plege of allegiance. Some of my school mates knew that I
was a JW but that I never preached to them. My neighbors said that my mother was an active
JW and preached to any body that came near her but that that I did not do that. Well my deferment
was not granted and I got the complete report from the FBI stating all of the facts as to why I was not
given my 4-D. Well a month later I got drafted. That is another story.