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Published on January 28, 2005 By joeKnowledge In Politics
Oh man, what will the polititians do if a speacial draft were to be announced


That assertion is demonstrably false. According to an internal Selective Service memo made public under the Freedom of Information Act, the agency's acting director met with two of Rumsfeld's undersecretaries in February 2003 precisely to debate, discuss and ponder a return to the draft. The memo duly notes the administration's aversion to a draft but adds, "Defense manpower officials concede there are critical shortages of military personnel with certain special skills, such as medical personnel, linguists, computer network engineers, etc." The potentially prohibitive cost of "attracting and retaining such personnel for military service," the memo adds, has led "some officials to conclude that, while a conventional draft may never be needed, a draft of men and women possessing these critical skills may be warranted in a future crisis." This new draft, it suggests, could be invoked to meet the needs of both the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.


Now who here has special skills that would be needed in the field???

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on Jan 28, 2005
Whoops, I forgot the link:
The Return of the Draft : Politics

Granted its from the Rolling Stone and probably is more liberal than Fox News but its still something to think about. I'm in IT (or want to be) and I get drafted to design the new Iraq grid and internet.

The bad part of all of this really is poor planning. Iraq was not a mistake to go in, but planned so sour it just burns my undees. Not enough troop to start, not enough get them all during the "War" part of the campaign and not enough though about keeping the peace afterward. Not to mention the alienation created during the coming of the war.

What if Iran does something? What about North Korea? What about Afganistan part II?
on Jan 29, 2005
The thing is, they could find a usefullness for pretty much anyone. I don't really want to see a draft come back at all. If they do, they had better be indiscriminate. Hm, what was the persentage of well to do and celebrities that were drafted and actually served in the last draft.... hmmm let me check that.
on Jan 29, 2005
Let's see, I'm a Search & Rescue trained Paramedic, with a degree in health sciences. I've got a decent background in disaster relief, been "red carded" in Wildland Firefighting and have training in emergency management. I also am retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard, with about 8 years active duty Army. My MOSs are Parachute Rigger (92R), Single Channel Radio Operator(31C) and Cannon Crewmember (13B)(where I made Chief of Section)....

So, when will this "special draft" take place???? ;~D
on Jan 29, 2005
Ain't happening! This paste is *direct* from the selctive service (draft board) web page.


On October 5, 2004, the House of Representatives voted 402 - 2 to defeat H.R. 163, the bill cited as proof that the Selective Service was preparing to reinstate a military draft. The vote made official what has been a reality since January 7, 2003, when H.R. 163 was introduced despite nearly total opposition in Congress to restoring the draft. Without Congressional support, the draft cannot be reinstated. A similar bill languishes in the Senate.

Both President George W. Bush and Senator John F. Kerry have stated for the record that they oppose a draft. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also has opposed the draft on numerous occasions.

Since 1980, the Selective Service System has discharged its mission of preparing to manage a draft if and when Congress and the President so direct. The House action proves that the Selective Service has gotten no such direction. That being the case, the Agency will maintain its readiness as required by law, and to register young men between the ages of 18 and 25. That mission has been reaffirmed frequently by successive Administrations and by Congress under the leadership of both parties.
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on Jan 31, 2005
Yeah, we know, but selective draft was not voted on. so if your a doctor, you picked to go somewhere because your between the ages of 18 and 35.

So in a sence, they didn't really vote on a selective draft, they voted on a general one. The thing is, when push comes to shove, what will actually happen a year or 2 down the road can be very ugly. The men and women fighting now can not keep on fighting, especially when they signed up for a weekend tour for 2 years and end up in a 4 to whenever year deal because its war time.
on Jan 31, 2005
The men and women fighting now can not keep on fighting, especially when they signed up for a weekend tour for 2 years and end up in a 4 to whenever year deal because its war time.


all enlistees sign up for 8 years, they agree to 2-8 years of drills (in the case of the Guard or Reserve, but their contract is still for 8 years). People spent 3 or more years in Korea, WWI and WWII and (not taking anything away from the troops in country now) troops had it a lot rougher in either of those wars than our troops have it now. Quit selling our men and women short just to make your point.
on Jan 31, 2005

Reply #5 By: joeKnowledge - 1/31/2005 6:29:43 PM
Yeah, we know, but selective draft was not voted on. so if your a doctor, you picked to go somewhere because your between the ages of 18 and 35.

So in a sence, they didn't really vote on a selective draft, they voted on a general one. The thing is, when push comes to shove, what will actually happen a year or 2 down the road can be very ugly. The men and women fighting now can not keep on fighting, especially when they signed up for a weekend tour for 2 years and end up in a 4 to whenever year deal because its war time.


You can spin this anyway you want to. THERE WILL BE "NO" DRAFT! No matter what the left says.
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