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


Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and will bring up the bill for


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


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



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"


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


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