A little off subject matter of some importance...
- MUST READ if you have, know or are a young adult!
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 13:10:16 -0400
Subject: Military Draft expected to start June 15, 2005
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.
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward,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 each 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
their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the
This plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a
shelter and includes women in the draft.
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
Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they aren't
telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact newspapers
and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this
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
Please see website: <http://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 "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may
have no choice but to draft.
WHAT TO DO: Tell all your friends!!!!!
Contact your Senators & Reps and tell them to oppose these bills!!!
For the full list of Senate & House Representatives (53) and websites,