The SOTU-appearing rocker wasn’t so keen on using guns when his turn came up to serve.
…he did cop to snorting a line of crystal meth before the physical because, “I wanted to see the look on the Sergeant’s face.”
Five weeks after the exam, Nugent received his 1-Y deferment on October 7, 1969. Nugent’s 1-Y deferment remained in effect until 1972, when the classification was abolished. He was then reclassified as 4-F, which covered registrants not qualified for military service.
In his High Times interview, Nugent recalled his glee at evading the chance to defend his country (though he mixed up the 1-Y and 4-F deferments). “And in the mail I got this big juicy 4-F,” he said. “They’d call dead people before they’d call my ass.”