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.