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On reinstating the draft

May 13, 2004
On reinstating the draft

So, just where are we in regards to the draft?

WASHINGTON — The chief of the Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft and requiring that young Americans regularly inform the government about whether they have training in niche specialties needed in the armed services.

The proposal, which the agency’s acting Director Lewis Brodsky presented to senior Pentagon officials just before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, also seeks to extend the age of draft registration to 34 years old, up from 25.

The Selective Service System plan, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, highlights the extent to which agency officials have planned for an expanded military draft in case the administration and Congress would authorize one in the future.

How many millions would possibly be drafted? About 13.5 million men, ages 18 to 25, currently are registered with the Selective Service. Add in women and the extension of the age limit, and the sky’s the limit.

What a glorious way to wipe out an entire generation. Shades of World War I, if you ask me.

Via The Invisible Library.

2 Responses to On reinstating the draft

  • Interesting that none of the suggestions were to improve pay/benefits for enlisting to attract a larger portion of willing persons.

    Bush et alii could benefit from a draft if they employ a “properly biased” selection process (don’t have a job?, well you do now). Unemployment numbers could be improved and they could crow about the great job they are doing.

  • Now with our moron of a president entering his second term, I see America moving into more conflict thorughout the world. I feel sorry for who ever voted for Bush. Sure he is going out and fighting terrorism in the world, but what has he done here. There has been no increase on National Security. Jobs are being outsoarced. For those who did vote for Bush, wait until we go into conflict with North Korea, which Bush is doing nothing to negoiate with. Then when we do go to war with North Korea and one of your loved ones comes home in a box, go Bush, or wait, Kerry told you so.