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The U.S. is Gearing
Up for a Military Draft in 2005-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor warns that
there are two bills before Congress that, if passed, would bring
back the military draft and make it mandatory for both boys and
girls starting in June, 2005.
The bills, S.89 and H.R.163 are real.
But they are not new.
An eRumor started circulating in June, 2004 warning that the draft
was only a year away.
In reality, these twin bills have existed since 2003 and have never
gotten out of committees.
In other words, they are stagnant.
Nobody in Washington seriously expects a draft and certainly not by
It's known as the "reinstate draft" bill or the
"Universal National Service Act of 2003."
The wording of the bill says it is "To provide for the common
defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States,
including women, perform a period of military service or a period of
civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland
security, and for other purposes."
It would require U.S. citizens and other residents, both male and
female, between the ages of 18 and 26 to serve two years of
The reason the bills have gotten attention in 2004 is the military
actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the war on terrorism.
There has been debate about troop strength in Iraq and the status of
all the U.S. Armed Forces.
The U.S. Selective Service, however, says that despite the Internet
stories, the agency is not getting ready to conduct a draft.
It says it is ready to do so should the President and Congress
decide, but "that responsibility has been ongoing since 1980
and is nothing new."
The Selective Service further says that "...both the President
and the Secretary of Defense have stated on more than one occasion
that there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or any
likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not
acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft."
Last updated 6/18/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: the new mandatory draft Date: Tue, 25 May 2004
Not a good sign...Mandatory drafting for boys and girls (age 18-26)
starting June 15,2005, is something, I believe, everyone should know.
affects EVERYONE since we all have or know children that will have to go
this bill passes. If there are children in your family, READ this. There
is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR
163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at
early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election.
The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now,
while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this
is needed immediately. Details and links follow. Even those voters who
currently support us.(sic) Actions abroad may still object to this move,
knowing their own children or grandchildren will
not have a say about whether to fight. Not that it should make a
but this plan, among! other things, eliminates higher education as a
shelter and includes women in the draft -- Also, crossing into Canada
has already been made very difficult.
Actions, actions, actions: Please send this on to all the parents and
teachers you know, and all the aunts and uncles, grandparents,
godparents.... And let your
children know -- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for
change! Please also write to your representatives to ask them why they
aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and write to
newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering
this mportant story.
The draft $28 million has been added to the 2004 selective service
system (sss) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as
early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March
31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready
for activation. Please see website: www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to
view the sss annual performance plan - fiscal year 2004. The pentagon
has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board
positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.
Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and
influential members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's
prediction of a "long,
hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on
proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and
HR 163 forward this year,
entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "to provide
for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26]
in the United States, including women, perform a period of military
service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national
defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." These
active bills currently sit in the committee on armed services. Dodging
the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era.
College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the
U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used
to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of
foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom
Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among
other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering
and departing ea! ch country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more
equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education
as a shelter.
Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of
semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year
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