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Potential Draft

I handed out this information to my students in class yesterday. Most of them were surprised. Especially the female students.

Not sure if Kerry is all for this or not.


POSSIBLE MANDATORY DRAFT for boys and girls (ages 18-26) starting June 15, 2005


There is pending legislation in the house and senate (companion bills: S89
and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can
begin as 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.

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.

This legislation is called HR 163 and can be found in detail at this website

http://thomas.loc.gov/t

Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and will bring up the bill for
you
to read.  It is less than two pages long.

If this bill passes, it will include all men and ALL WOMEN from ages 18 -
26 in a draft for military action.  In addition, college will no longer
be an Option for avoiding the draft and they will be signing an agreement
with the Canada which will no longer permit anyone attempting to dodge the
draft to stay within it's borders.

This bill also includes the extension of military service for all those
That are currently active.

If you go to the select service web site and read their 2004 FYI Goals you
will see that the reasoning for this is to increase the size of the
military in case of terrorism.  This is a critical piece of legislation,
this will effect our undergraduates, our children and our grandchildren.

Please take the time to write your congressman and let them know how you
Feel about this legislation.

www.house.gov    www.senate.gov

Please also write to your representatives and 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 important
story.

The draft $28 million has been added to the 2004 selective service system
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 www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the Selective Service
System 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 permanent state of war on terrorism)
proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.

www.hslda.org/legislation/national/2003/s89/default.asp 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, 200 1, 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 academic year.

What to do: Tell your friends, Contact your legislators and ask them to
Oppose these bills

Just type "congress" into the aol search engine and input your zip
code. A
list of your reps will pop up with a way to email them directly.  We can't
just sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will go away.  We must voice
our Concerns and create the world we want to live in for our children and
grandchildren.


 


 
 

 


 
 

Comments

evie shockley said…
marcus,

i appreciate your putting this info out there and i agree that the public should not have bills snuck past them under the cover of other news. but i am not certain that i oppose the passing of these draft bills. frankly, i think that this country finds it a lot easier to send troops to war when those troops are made up primarily of young men (and women) from the poor and working classes -- disproportionately people of color, i might add -- who "choose" to take employment with the military (for lack of other comparable options). if *everyone's* child, sister, nephew, cousin, etc., were subject to the draft (including members of congress -- think fahrenheit 9/11), the decision to put the lives of our troops at risk might be taken a bit more to heart. in other words, i think there is (ironically) a sense in which it may be anti-war to be pro-draft...

peace.
postpran said…
Evie,

Excellent points. I wasn't sure whether or not to pass out the info to my English 101 students. I think I will continue the discussion on Monday and include your points. I think you're right. Oppposition to the war will increase wth a draft.
Anonymous said…
The legislation proposed by Democrat Charlie Rangel that you mentioned failed to pass by a ridiculous margin. (2-402)

As a teacher myself, I see the value in sharing real life issues with my kids. Please be sure to give the full story as oppoosed to a "snapshot" when sharing controversial information.

Thanks,
MCS
Newark, DE

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