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Draft Equipment to Be Tested

Posted on Dec 27, 2006
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Protesters burn their draft cards during the Vietnam War.

The Selective Service System is planning to test equipment and procedures that would be used in a draft.  Cryptically referred to as the Area Office Mobilization Prototype Exercise, the test would not take place until 2009, and could be canceled because of budget cuts.

AP via Common Dreams:

The Selective Service System is planning a comprehensive test of the military draft machinery, which hasn’t been run since 1998.

The agency is not gearing up for a draft, an agency official said Thursday. The test itself would not likely occur until 2009.

Meanwhile, the secretary for Veterans Affairs said that “society would benefit” if the U.S. were to bring back the draft and that it shouldn’t have any loopholes for anyone who is called to serve. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson later issued a statement saying he does not support reinstituting a draft.

The Selective Service “readiness exercise” would test the system that randomly chooses draftees by birth date and the network of appeals boards that decide how to deal with conscientious objectors and others who want to delay reporting for duty, said Scott Campbell, Selective Service director for operations and chief information officer.

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By Francois, December 28, 2006 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Just remember the demorats started this draft. What’s his name, the senitor from NEW YORK, Ranggel, that fat sob. So, you what this draft? Or do you hav e the balls to speak up. Once the draft is started, you will see the war keep going and why,? Just ask that fat sob Ranggel.

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By vet240, December 28, 2006 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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AOMPE, AOMPE, diggity-do! Can’t run a military industrial complex without boys (and girls) like you!

Seriously, I hope they do re-instatute the draft. Nothing encourages participation in the political process like a direct personal interest.

How many of you are aware that last year, the United States, failing to met enlistment quotas in America, enlisted 4600 individuals from other countries and put them on the fast-track to citizenship. It’s either the draft or an army made up of thousands of persons from foreign lands. Ironically, The majority of them are practicing Muslims. Might be a good thing.

When it’s your ass on the line you tend to be more attentive and selective in your leaders.

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By Charles Newlin, December 28, 2006 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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How to Repeal the Draft before it even happens:

Circulate a pledge to refuse service, to be triggered when the number of signatories reaches some very high target; say, 100,000.  At that point, it is submitted as a petition to the appropriate authorities:  Selective Service and Congress, at least.

That is too many to prosecute or even find, so service has suddenly become voluntary.  Now, while they’re obviously thinking about it, would be a good time, since it would be legal and would serve as a warning that instituting a draft would be counter-productive.

Yes, the draft was a key ingredient in the passion behind resistance to the VietNam War.  The lack of it is probably the reason for the lack of rebellion on college campuses today.  But there are other reasons for opposing it:  it is “involuntary servitude”, a.k.a. slavery, and a fundamental violation of our relationship with a democratic gov’t.  It is also a way to raise a large colonial army on the cheap, as demonstrated in the Vietnam War, and for that matter, Korea.  Opposition to Viet Nam was more passionate, but also took much longer to develop, than to the Iraq war.

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