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    ok after some search I believe I have found fragments of this story of a military draft of people out of university and college. It seems that this regime was
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 20, 2004
      ok after some search I believe I have found fragments of this story of
      a military draft of people out of university and college. It seems
      that this regime was exploring a "miliatry draft" of professionals
      specifically medics. Now I have nothing against calling on
      professionals to help in a national emergency. Infact if a crises
      occured I would be willing to help if my skills were needed. BUT!!
      the big question was this investigation by this regime for a national
      crises or for imperial expansion or for holding on to the resources
      stolen by the elite. Here is some articles I have found:

      The Coming Draft - Skills & Combat

      This is a Special Military Draft Alert.

      In May, the Seattle Post Intelligencer published an article about a
      document they received through the Freedom of Information Act. It was
      revealed that the SSS is currently "designing procedures" for the
      implementation of a "Skills Draft" and had held a top-level meeting on
      it with Deputy Undersecretaries at the Defense Department. This draft
      would change the essential mission of the Selective Service and
      require "virtually every young American," male and female ages 18–34,
      to register for the Skills Draft and list all the occupations they are
      proficient in to fill labor shortages throughout nearly the entire
      government. If enacted, the Skills Draft proposed in this FOI-
      recovered document would change America as we know it.

      The Pentagon is suffering from immediate labor shortages. Recently,
      the inactive Ready Reserve had to be called up for the first time
      since the Gulf War to fill 5,600 job shortages in the Armed Forces.
      DoD said in the recent IRR callup "20% of the call-ups are truck
      drivers, 12% are supply specialists who can use a computer to track
      supplies, 10% are Humvee mechanics, 7% are administrative specialists
      and 6% are combat engineers" (USA Today, August 8, 2004).

      Although Congress would have to approve new legislation to create a
      Skills Draft or reinstate the combat draft, Family Circle reported in
      its July 13 issue that Karl Rove had polled GOP members of Congress in
      September 2002 to see if they would support the President if he
      requests reinstatement. The Republicans said they would vote for the
      draft. They would likely support the new legislation needed to create
      the Skills Draft. While Bush and the Republicans are of course keeping
      the return of the draft and the new skills draft as quiet as possible,
      many anti-draft organizations have recently begun warning of a "Coming
      New Draft. "

      The Issue Paper document was revealed through the Freedom of
      Information Act by Seattle Post Intelligencer reporter Eric Rosenberg,
      who wrote a partial explanation of it that was printed May 1, 2004.

      Rosenberg's article was edited, however, and some key points about
      this document were omitted in the published article. What follows is a
      full explanation of the document.

      This document is real, having been acknowledged by the DoD and the SSS
      when they said no action is being taken on it at the present time.
      However, given the current manpower shortages for certain skills and
      nurses, if Bush gets back in, expect all the options outlined in the
      Issue Paper to be implemented by the end of December of this year, and
      at the least a non-combat skills and medical draft to start next year,
      if not the male combat draft, ages 18 –25.

      Despite Rumsfeld saying the draft is not needed, this is the same
      neo-con administration that has repeatedly lied to and misled the
      American people. Draft-age youth and their families are left looking
      at a "long, hard slog" in Iraq (Rumsfeld secret memo), the neo-con
      plans to invade still more nations, and then having to take Rumsfeld
      and Cheney's word not to worry about the draft, that they "are not
      considering it at this time."

      Although official word is that this secret list of options is not
      being implemented—the Issue Paper options have NOT been rejected and
      the 6-page proposal is rather sitting in the Pentagon, waiting. In
      addition, the SSS itself has said that it is "designing procedures"
      (Seattle PI, May 1, 2004) to implement the skills draft, meaning
      designing the compliance cards and the data fields needed to keep
      track of "virtually every young American" and their skills. Acting
      Director of the SSS Brodsky has also said the Skills Draft is the "top
      priority" of the Selective Service for 2004.

      From the FOI document, we now know that on February 11, 2003, Charles
      Abell, the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and
      Readiness, and William Carr, Deputy Undersecretary for Military
      Personnel Policy, met with Lewis Brodsky, the Acting Director of the
      Selective Service and some other officials. This is the highest-level
      meeting you could have about the Selective Service, outside of
      Rumsfeld and his inner circle. They were there to discuss the urgent
      "issue paper" now revealed, which starts: "With known shortages of
      military personnel with certain critical skills, and with the need for
      the nation to be capable of responding to domestic emergencies as a
      part of Homeland Security Planning, changes should be made in the
      Selective Service System's registration program and primary mission."

      Although it would require changes in current draft law, the
      far-reaching proposal shows how far the Republicans are going to plan
      and prepare for a huge expansion of the draft. The Issue Paper options
      include: Change the very mission of the SSS to become a massive
      conscription service in the War on Terror for the entire government.
      Conscript men and women in a critical skills non-combat draft up to
      age 34 with no deferments of any kind, except "essential community
      service" (like the Medical Draft). Allow a non-combat draft for
      shortages in critical skills, without calling a combat draft. Fill
      labor shortages of all kinds throughout not only DoD but the whole
      government, especially high-paying professionals like computer
      networking specialist or linguist. Create a massive database of
      "virtually every young American" ages 18 to 34. This database would be
      used to draft in war and to recruit in peacetime. State and even local
      governments would be given access to the names for recruitment and
      help in emergencies. Create a single-point, all-inclusive database, in
      which every young person would be forced to send in a
      "self-declaration" of all of their critical skills, chosen from a long
      list of occupations like the Armed Forces Specialty Code. The
      self-declaration is similar to IRS compliance and the filling out and
      signing of your tax forms. All young people would be required to keep
      the government updated if they acquired a new skill. SSS Compliance
      forms will be available at every Post Office. The usual penalties of
      imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine would apply to all
      non-registrants. A draft or recruitment could be for any one of the
      skills you self- declare on the compliance form, not your current or
      primary skill. This greatly increases your chance of being drafted if
      you are 18–34. Bring the Medical Draft (HCPDS) up to speed and fully
      test it through readiness exercises. Reduce induction time from being
      able to deliver all inductees in 193 days down to just 90 days for
      skills inductees.

      This secret paper urges the mission be changed "promptly," meaning
      they really need it, it would draft for the Pentagon as well as the
      enormous Homeland Security branches as well as other government
      agencies, even state and local!

      For obvious political reasons, the decision was made by Bush, Cheney
      and Rove to sit on this 6-page proposal until after the election in
      November. Yet the SSS was told to go ahead and begin "designing
      procedures" for the Skills Draft in 2004 and make it their "top
      priority." It can be expected that if Bush gets back in, and the DoD
      and SSS are still asking for the Skills Draft, the "Next Steps" part
      of the document will be put into action and the most expansive option
      to change the SSS mission will be rapidly legislated.

      In the secret planning meeting document, the next steps strongly
      recommended by SSS Acting Director Brodsky were:

      1. "Promptly" redefine the SSS Mission to draft men and women up to
      age 34 for skills, and deliver them within 90 days or sooner to the
      Department of Defense. Program a massive database to be ready to enter
      millions of names of those registering their critical skills.

      2. Expand mission to deliver personnel in skills draft to the
      Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, including FEMA,
      NSC, Border Patrol, INS, Customs, Corporation for National Service,
      Public Health Service and other federal, state and local government
      agencies.

      3. Form interagency task force to provide Administration with
      recommendation on this skills draft for the entire DHS and the rest of
      the government.

      4. Obtain White House Statement of Administration Policy on the future
      of the SSS.

      5. Be prepared to market the skills draft, raising the non-combat age
      to 34 and the drafting of women to the Armed Services and
      Appropriations Committee.

      This proposed expansion of the draft, forcing all people under 35 to
      register with the SSS, man or woman, is primarily proposed, according
      to the document, because the cost of providing contract professionals,
      like computer network specialists, would be "prohibitive." In this
      way, the proposed Skills Draft would help preserve Bush's massive tax
      cuts for the wealthy by lowering the massive budget deficits.

      That's the new Skills Draft and the secret document behind it. But
      what about the Combat Draft?

      Selective Service has been registering young men for over twenty years
      and at any moment the President can go to Congress and ask them to
      reauthorize conscription for the male combat draft for ages 18–25. It
      doesn't take much to imagine a re-elected Bush going to Congress and
      saying "We cannot cut and run from Iraq or the War on Terror. I need
      you to reauthorize conscription."

      And they would not have to pass a whole new draft law to do it. All
      that is needed is a "trigger resolution," which could be passed in the
      dead of night—and bingo! No debate, no regular bill, just a short
      resolution passed quickly and the draft for men 18 to 25 is back.

      That is why the Democratic draft resolution being offered by Rangel
      and Hollings is totally irrelevant. These are known protest bills and
      actually propose drafting women for the combat draft, just to make
      sure they will never see the light of day. Rangel and Hollings offered
      them to raise the issue and confront Bush. Hollings even said he
      wouldn't vote for his own bill!

      They are not needed—and the press and the Republicans will bring them
      up as red herrings to distract everyone from what is really going on:
      the Republicans, and the SSS are quietly, behind the scenes, oiling up
      the draft machinery—getting ready to reinstate for the Spring of 2005.
      Taken singly, each of the clues indicating the return and expansion of
      the draft might seem insignificant but when you add them all up with
      what the Selective Service is doing to gear up the combat draft, a
      clear pattern emerges, leading to the inescapable conclusion that a
      Bush re-election will see not only a Skills Draft, but a return of the
      Combat Draft as well.

      What is the proof? The government's own document, the SSS Performance
      Plan for Fiscal Year 2004.

      The Selective Service System, or the SSS, has for decades operated at
      a low level of readiness. Readiness Exercises are conducted on a
      multi-year cycle but historically these have been little more than
      getting draft board volunteers together and going over the procedures
      of what would happen under reinstatement and training new members
      every summer. And the draft boards themselves have become 80% vacant
      over the decades.

      In the current 5-year cycle of exercises, however, the SSS is clearly
      ramping up the draft machinery to an unprecedented level.

      "Strategic Objective 1.2: Ensure a mobilization infrastructure of 56
      State Headquarters, 442 Area Offices and 1,980 Local Boards are
      operational within 75 days of an authorized return to conscription."

      Tie that to this objective:

      An annual report providing the results of the implementation of these
      performance measures will be submitted by March 31, 2005.

      75 days from March 31, 2005 is about June 15, 2005. According to the
      2004 plan, the draft boards will be "operational" then, meaning that
      they will be set up in 1,980 local offices around the country. If Bush
      asks for reinstatement on April 1, Congress could pass it that night
      and the first batch of more than one million 20 year-olds would face
      the national lottery as soon as that date, June 15, 2005.

      Here is how the $28 million is being spent according to the official
      document. Although the Senate rejected the funding request to bump up
      the SSS budget to $28 million, the SSS says in one paragraph of the
      Performance Plan that budgets will be "adjusted" to cover the
      additional cost for 2004:

      Strategic Goal 1: Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the
      Manpower Delivery Systems (Projected allocation for FY 2004: $7,942,000)

      Strategic Goal 2: Improve overall Registration Compliance and Service
      to the Public (Projected allocation FY 2004: $8,769,000)

      Strategic Goal 3: Enhance external and internal customer service
      (Projected allocation for FY 2004: $10 ,624,000)

      Strategic Goal 4: Enhance the system which guarantees that each
      conscientious objector is properly classified, placed, and monitored.
      (Projected allocation for FY 2004: $955,000)

      In analyzing each of the 2004 goals in detail it is obvious that there
      are hidden "activation bombshells" in this so-called Performance Plan.
      Goal number 1 in particular brings the combat induction process up to
      95% operational readiness, going so far as to actually hold a mock
      lottery drawing this year and to issue sample orders to report for the
      famous medical exam. The document does not reveal the day in 2004 the
      mock lottery is to be held.

      In addition, the Medical Draft, or Health Care Personnel Delivery
      System (HCPDS in the document), is for the first time brought up to
      full readiness by next year. This draft would take men and women up to
      age 44 if they are doctors, nurses or one of 60-some medical
      specialties. No medical deferments allowed. Previous readiness
      exercises merely went over what would happen with HCPDS and updated
      the guide. The 2004 plan actually develops a readiness exercise for
      the Medical Draft that would be conducted next year. Plus HCPDS must
      be ready to conscript by June, being part of the system.

      Goal number four is particularly ominous:

      Strategic Objective 4.1: Ensure a mobilization infrastructure of 48
      Alternative Service Offices and 48 Civilian Review Boards are
      operational within 96 days after notification of a return to induction.

      Strategic Objective 4.2: Develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
      for the Alternative Service Employer Network to specifically identify
      organizations and associations who can, by law, participate in the
      Alternative Service Program. This network will provide jobs for ASWs
      at the local level. Prior to activation, SSS will develop a draft MOU
      for use when obtaining agreements with qualified employers at the
      local and national level.

      For 31 years, the Conscientious Objector system, called the
      Alternative Service, has lain dormant. The 2004 plan also calls for
      this to be brought up to speed and to be ready to decide cases and
      place COs in the Alternative Service by July 6, 2005 (96 days after
      March 31, 2005). The SSS is even going so far as to draw up the SOPs,
      the Standard Operating Procedures which identify local employers
      eligible to receive cheap AS workers and to also draw up the actual
      MOU, the Memorandum of Understanding the employer must sign to get
      their CO workers and allow their mandatory attendance to be monitored.
      This is the last obstacle to be hurdled before the draft could
      actually be ready for quick activation under the law.

      In sharp contrast to all this preparation for a Spring 2005 draft by
      Bush, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has proposed a
      military plan that rejects any draft, by adding 20,000 active duty
      combat soldiers and 20,000 active "reconstruction specialists." At a
      Wisconsin high school, Kerry pledged in June, 2004, that the draft
      would be "absolutely unnecessary." When asked in April by 130 college
      editors in a conference call as to whether he would support a draft,
      John Kerry said unequivocally: "No. No draft" and he has criticized
      the use of the Guard and Reserve and now the Individual Ready Reserve
      as a "back-door draft."

      Kerry plans to spend an additional $7 billion to strengthen the
      Volunteer Army in what is essentially a "No-Draft Plan," Moreover,
      Kerry is strongly opposed to the neo-con plan revealed in Wes Clark's
      book, in which Clark was told by a senior Pentagon official that
      invasions of Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan and Somalia are still to come
      over the next three years.




      ___________

      Secret report details plan to draft medics

      By Robert Pear The New York Times

      Wednesday, October 20, 2004


      WASHINGTONThe Selective Service has been updating its contingency
      plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in
      case of a national emergency that overwhelmed the military's medical
      corps.
      .In a confidential report this summer, a contractor hired by the
      agency described how such a draft might work, how to secure compliance
      and how to mold public opinion and communicate with health care
      professionals, whose lives could be disrupted.
      .On the one hand, the report said, the Selective Service System should
      establish contacts in advance with medical societies, hospitals,
      schools of medicine and nursing, managed care organizations, rural
      health care providers and the editors of medical journals and trade
      publications.
      .On the other hand, it said, such contacts must be limited, low key
      and discreet because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical
      community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm
      the public.
      .In this election year, the report said, "very few ideas or activities
      are viewed without some degree of cynicism."
      .President George W. Bush has flatly declared that there will be no
      draft, but Senator John Kerry has suggested that this is a possibility
      if Bush is re-elected.
      .Richard Flahavan, spokesman for the Selective Service System, said
      Monday: "We have been routinely updating the entire plan for a health
      care draft. The plan is on the shelf and will remain there unless
      Congress and the president decide that it's needed and direct us to
      carry it out."
      .The Selective Service does not decide whether a draft will occur. It
      would carry out the mechanics only if the president and Congress
      authorized a draft.
      .The chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, said Monday: "It is
      the policy of this administration to oppose a military draft for any
      purpose whatsoever.
      ."A return to the draft is unthinkable," he said. "There will be no
      draft."
      .Di Rita said the armed forces could offer bonus pay and other
      incentives to attract and retain medical specialists.
      .In 1987, Congress enacted a law requiring the Selective Service to
      develop a plan for "registration and classification" of health care
      professionals essential to the armed forces.
      .Under the plan, Flahavan said, about 3.4 million male and female
      health care workers ages 18 to 44 would be expected to register with
      the Selective Service.
      .From this pool, he said, the agency could select tens of thousands of
      health care professionals practicing in 62 health care specialties.
      ."The Selective Service System plans on delivering about 36,000 health
      care specialists to the Defense Department if and when a special
      skills draft were activated," Flahavan said.
      .The contractor hired by Selective Service, Widmeyer Communications,
      said that local government operations would be affected by a call-up
      of emergency medical technicians, so it advised the Selective Service
      to contact groups like the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National
      Association of Counties.
      .Doctors and nurses would be eligible for deferments if they could
      show that they were providing essential health care services to
      civilians in their communities.
      .But the contractor said: "There is no getting around the fact that a
      medical draft would disrupt lives. Many familial, business and
      community responsibilities will be impacted."

      WASHINGTON The Selective Service has been updating its contingency
      plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in
      case of a national emergency that overwhelmed the military's medical
      corps.
      .
      In a confidential report this summer, a contractor hired by the agency
      described how such a draft might work, how to secure compliance and
      how to mold public opinion and communicate with health care
      professionals, whose lives could be disrupted.
      .
      On the one hand, the report said, the Selective Service System should
      establish contacts in advance with medical societies, hospitals,
      schools of medicine and nursing, managed care organizations, rural
      health care providers and the editors of medical journals and trade
      publications.
      .
      On the other hand, it said, such contacts must be limited, low key and
      discreet because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical
      community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm
      the public.
      .
      In this election year, the report said, "very few ideas or activities
      are viewed without some degree of cynicism."
      .
      President George W. Bush has flatly declared that there will be no
      draft, but Senator John Kerry has suggested that this is a possibility
      if Bush is re-elected.
      .
      Richard Flahavan, spokesman for the Selective Service System, said
      Monday: "We have been routinely updating the entire plan for a health
      care draft. The plan is on the shelf and will remain there unless
      Congress and the president decide that it's needed and direct us to
      carry it out."
      .
      The Selective Service does not decide whether a draft will occur. It
      would carry out the mechanics only if the president and Congress
      authorized a draft.
      .
      The chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, said Monday: "It is
      the policy of this administration to oppose a military draft for any
      purpose whatsoever.
      .
      "A return to the draft is unthinkable," he said. "There will be no draft."
      .
      Di Rita said the armed forces could offer bonus pay and other
      incentives to attract and retain medical specialists.
      .
      In 1987, Congress enacted a law requiring the Selective Service to
      develop a plan for "registration and classification" of health care
      professionals essential to the armed forces.
      .
      Under the plan, Flahavan said, about 3.4 million male and female
      health care workers ages 18 to 44 would be expected to register with
      the Selective Service.
      .
      From this pool, he said, the agency could select tens of thousands of
      health care professionals practicing in 62 health care specialties.
      .
      "The Selective Service System plans on delivering about 36,000 health
      care specialists to the Defense Department if and when a special
      skills draft were activated," Flahavan said.
      .
      The contractor hired by Selective Service, Widmeyer Communications,
      said that local government operations would be affected by a call-up
      of emergency medical technicians, so it advised the Selective Service
      to contact groups like the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National
      Association of Counties.
      .
      Doctors and nurses would be eligible for deferments if they could show
      that they were providing essential health care services to civilians
      in their communities.
      .
      But the contractor said: "There is no getting around the fact that a
      medical draft would disrupt lives. Many familial, business and
      community responsibilities will be impacted."
      .
      WASHINGTON The Selective Service has been updating its contingency
      plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in
      case of a national emergency that overwhelmed the military's medical
      corps.
      .
      In a confidential report this summer, a contractor hired by the agency
      described how such a draft might work, how to secure compliance and
      how to mold public opinion and communicate with health care
      professionals, whose lives could be disrupted.
      .
      On the one hand, the report said, the Selective Service System should
      establish contacts in advance with medical societies, hospitals,
      schools of medicine and nursing, managed care organizations, rural
      health care providers and the editors of medical journals and trade
      publications.
      .
      On the other hand, it said, such contacts must be limited, low key and
      discreet because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical
      community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm
      the public.
      .
      In this election year, the report said, "very few ideas or activities
      are viewed without some degree of cynicism."
      .
      President George W. Bush has flatly declared that there will be no
      draft, but Senator John Kerry has suggested that this is a possibility
      if Bush is re-elected.
      .
      Richard Flahavan, spokesman for the Selective Service System, said
      Monday: "We have been routinely updating the entire plan for a health
      care draft. The plan is on the shelf and will remain there unless
      Congress and the president decide that it's needed and direct us to
      carry it out."
      .
      The Selective Service does not decide whether a draft will occur. It
      would carry out the mechanics only if the president and Congress
      authorized a draft.
      .
      The chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, said Monday: "It is
      the policy of this administration to oppose a military draft for any
      purpose whatsoever.
      .
      "A return to the draft is unthinkable," he said. "There will be no draft."
      .
      Di Rita said the armed forces could offer bonus pay and other
      incentives to attract and retain medical specialists.
      .
      In 1987, Congress enacted a law requiring the Selective Service to
      develop a plan for "registration and classification" of health care
      professionals essential to the armed forces.
      .
      Under the plan, Flahavan said, about 3.4 million male and female
      health care workers ages 18 to 44 would be expected to register with
      the Selective Service.
      .
      From this pool, he said, the agency could select tens of thousands of
      health care professionals practicing in 62 health care specialties.
      .
      "The Selective Service System plans on delivering about 36,000 health
      care specialists to the Defense Department if and when a special
      skills draft were activated," Flahavan said.
      .
      The contractor hired by Selective Service, Widmeyer Communications,
      said that local government operations would be affected by a call-up
      of emergency medical technicians, so it advised the Selective Service
      to contact groups like the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National
      Association of Counties.
      .
      Doctors and nurses would be eligible for deferments if they could show
      that they were providing essential health care services to civilians
      in their communities.
      .
      But the contractor said: "There is no getting around the fact that a
      medical draft would disrupt lives. Many familial, business and
      community responsibilities will be impacted."
      .
      WASHINGTON The Selective Service has been updating its contingency
      plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in
      case of a national emergency that overwhelmed the military's medical
      corps.
      .
      In a confidential report this summer, a contractor hired by the agency
      described how such a draft might work, how to secure compliance and
      how to mold public opinion and communicate with health care
      professionals, whose lives could be disrupted.
      .
      On the one hand, the report said, the Selective Service System should
      establish contacts in advance with medical societies, hospitals,
      schools of medicine and nursing, managed care organizations, rural
      health care providers and the editors of medical journals and trade
      publications.
      .
      On the other hand, it said, such contacts must be limited, low key and
      discreet because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical
      community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm
      the public.
      .
      In this election year, the report said, "very few ideas or activities
      are viewed without some degree of cynicism."
      .
      President George W. Bush has flatly declared that there will be no
      draft, but Senator John Kerry has suggested that this is a possibility
      if Bush is re-elected.
      .
      Richard Flahavan, spokesman for the Selective Service System, said
      Monday: "We have been routinely updating the entire plan for a health
      care draft. The plan is on the shelf and will remain there unless
      Congress and the president decide that it's needed and direct us to
      carry it out."
      .
      The Selective Service does not decide whether a draft will occur. It
      would carry out the mechanics only if the president and Congress
      authorized a draft.
      .
      The chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, said Monday: "It is
      the policy of this administration to oppose a military draft for any
      purpose whatsoever.
      .
      "A return to the draft is unthinkable," he said. "There will be no draft."
      .
      Di Rita said the armed forces could offer bonus pay and other
      incentives to attract and retain medical specialists.
      .
      In 1987, Congress enacted a law requiring the Selective Service to
      develop a plan for "registration and classification" of health care
      professionals essential to the armed forces.
      .
      Under the plan, Flahavan said, about 3.4 million male and female
      health care workers ages 18 to 44 would be expected to register with
      the Selective Service.
      .
      From this pool, he said, the agency could select tens of thousands of
      health care professionals practicing in 62 health care specialties.
      .
      "The Selective Service System plans on delivering about 36,000 health
      care specialists to the Defense Department if and when a special
      skills draft were activated," Flahavan said.
      .
      The contractor hired by Selective Service, Widmeyer Communications,
      said that local government operations would be affected by a call-up
      of emergency medical technicians, so it advised the Selective Service
      to contact groups like the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National
      Association of Counties.
      .
      Doctors and nurses would be eligible for deferments if they could show
      that they were providing essential health care services to civilians
      in their communities.
      .
      But the contractor said: "There is no getting around the fact that a
      medical draft would disrupt lives. Many familial, business and
      community responsibilities will be impacted."
      .
      http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/10/19/news/draft.html



      --- In EcoFeminism@yahoogroups.com, "adorable_snowperson"
      <a_cascadian@y...> wrote:
      >
      > I just heard someone tell me that there is a clause in financial aid
      > that if you are paying off your loans and that a military draft is
      > called you (the former student.. or a better name "the Indebted") can
      > be called to military service. Has anyone looked into such clauses?
      > Of course most males have to register with selective service, but what
      > I heard is that this clause even says that you can be called because
      > of the contract.
      >
      >
      > just curious if anyone ellse knows of this.. or looked deeper into
      > those documents we sign to get out of economic servitude and into a
      > different economic servitude.
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