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"I know that as young man Mitt went to France to serve his Church
instead of going to Vietnam to serve his country."

No cheating there. All Mormons are required to do missionary work right out of high school. The military recognizes this as a valid deferment. If you're looking to tie into a religion-based deferment you need go no further than Muhammad Ali suddenly turning Muslim the day he got his draft notice.

(Four years in Vietnam, two Purple Hearts, so don't even go there)
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