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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Never too young to serve? (UPDATE)

This updates part of an earlier post.

Last month the U.S. Congress added $28 million to the Selective Services Budget and is reportedly preparing to move two bills, S89 and HR 163 (which have been lurking about since January of 2003), from the Armed Services Committee to the floor of the Congress for a vote.

Presuming nothing goes awry, the draft could be re-instated as of June 15, 2005 (despite those pesky denials).

The bill summary (at bottom of page) has a nasty twist:
Declares that it is the obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the United States, between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a two-year period of national service, unless exempted, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense. Requires induction into national service by the President. Sets forth provisions governing: (1) induction deferments, postponements, and exemptions, including exemption of a conscientious objector from military service that includes combatant training; and (2) discharge following national service.

Amends the Military Selective Service Act to authorize the military registration of females.

It seems to me that if that first sentence is correct, then anyone living within the boundaries of the U.S. when this law comes into force - citizen or not - will be required to register and serve.

This is press-ganging on an industrial scale...

But what else could one expect from a country that is dreaming of (and working towards) Empire?