15, 2005, is something that everyone should know about.
This literally effects 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
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
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.
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
Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and it 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 Canada which will no longer permit anyone
attempting to dodge the draft to stay within it's borders. This bill
also includes the extention 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
undergradates, our children and our grandchildren.
Please take the time to write your congressman and let them know
how you feel about this legislation.
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.
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 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
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