Both before and after Romney's time as a missionary he also received almost three years of deferments for his time as a student. Romney lived in Michigan at the time, which made his 4-D exemption from the draft all but a certainty. Had he lived in Utah, which had a much larger Mormon population, his deferment may have been much more difficult. It was first unearthed by the Massachusetts Democrats in 2006.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.