I got this email today. Don't know if it's true but thought some folks would like to be made aware. Just in case some folks might want to get a jump on this and join the National Guard or Reserves... Choose who you want to blame this on, Bush, Clinton, or the terrorists. Myself, I say it is Billary's fault! It was during his watch that my old unit was decommissioned along with MANY others. >Subject: 2005 Draft >Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 14:15:28 -0500 > > > > >Guess what is QUIETLY being put through the House and Senate - a DRAFT >starting 2005. If you are against this, you better pass this on >IMMEDIATELY! > >Mandatory draft for BOYS AND GIRLS (ages 18-26) starting June 15, 2005 >is something that everyone should know about. This literally affects >everyone since we all have or know children that will have to go if >this bill passes. > >There is pending legislation in the house and senate (companion bills: >S89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so that 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. > >ACTIONS > >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 >change! > >This legislation is called HR 163 and can be found in detail at the >following website: > >http://thomas.loc.gov/ > >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 Rumsfield'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/mational/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, 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 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 cannot 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.