I have been trying to find information on what could be legitimate deferments for military service during the 50's in the US that don't involve draft dodging. I am a writer and working on a project that touches on this and while I find good lists and information on deferments during WWII and Vietnam, I haven't been so lucky with people looking to avoid service during the Korean War.
I am working so far based on the assumption that most the deferments in place during the late 40's would probably still work. And while I considered the route of conscientious objector, that still required service of some kind. Unfortunately the people I could have asked about this and who are in part the basis of this are no longer with us. The internet is again usually directing me to sources for either WWII or Vietnam.
So my question is, if someone did not want to enlist in the US Army during the 1950's, but also could not afford to risk draft dodging, and did not seem to qualify for most deferments, what where their options?
(I'll keep researching and see if I find more information but also looking to see if anyone can at least point me in the direction of some valid sources)