The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 32

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 18, 1964 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • In this episode Gomer mentions that he has either been drafted or will be very soon prompting him to go ahead and volunteer for the Marines. This episode took place in the early days of The Vietnam War, well before the draft was ended in 1973. Enrollment in the Marine Corps would have almost certainly resulted in Gomer's eventual deployment to Vietnam. However, despite spending several years in a marine infantry unit, Gomer never leaves the United States. Today, the United States military is 100% volunteer.