I'm aware this subject has been touched upon before. I read in several places that there are "1,980 draft board offices around the country" and
they are to "be ready to operate lotteries by June 15th." While I feel at this current point in time that the draft is still unlikely, I still have
to wonder. If there were no plans to draft anyone, why set all this up? I realize many people don't feel it will ever happen but June 15 is not too
Here is a headline I read from Democrats.com
It is an older article but I still felt was relevent to the post.
Bush's Abuse of Troops Drives Away Recruits as ''Reserves Fall 45% Short Of Goal, While Gap Is 30% in Regular Force''
Wall St. Journal: "For the second straight year, U.S. Army recruiters fell short of their goal for signing up enlistees in the first month of a new
recruiting cycle. For the first 30-day period in its new recruiting year, the Army was 30% shy of its goal of signing up 7,274 recruits. The Army had
a particularly hard time recruiting for the Army Reserve, on which the Pentagon has relied heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enlistments for the
reserves were 45% below the target. In the same period last year, the Army came up 25% short in its goal in the first month for enlisting 6,220
regular recruits and 40% short of its reserve enlistment goal." More reason to fear a draft is on the way with Bush.
Another interesting post taken from theBlatantTruth.com
The proposed changes discussed in this meeting(Feb '03) include:
* Allow a non-combat draft for shortages in critical skills, without calling a combat draft. This non-combat Skills Draft would induct men and
women ages 18 to 34.
* Fill labor shortages of all kinds throughout not only DoD but the Dept. of Homeland Security and other agencies as well, especially high-paying
professional positions like computer networking specialist or linguist. However, truck drivers, cooks, and several hundred other skills are also
* Create a single-point, all-inclusive database, in which every young person would be forced to send in a “self-declaration”—like an IRS
form—of all of their critical skills, chosen from a long list of several hundred occupations, similar to the Air Force Specialty Code with Skills
Identifier. The usual penalties of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine would apply to all non-registrants.
* Upgrade the Medical Draft so that it collects data on skill sets and other information in the same way the Skills Draft would.
* Reduce induction time from being able to deliver all inductees in 193 days down to just 90 days for skills and medical inductees.
I haven't found anything on the current status of this besides the June 15 lottery deadline. My questions are:
Given the current direction the US government appears to be heading (from your point of view), do you feel it likely or unlikely to be instituted?
If it is unlikely, what sort of events do you feel might have to occur to make this a reality?
P.S. Another article regarding this topic: Daily Kos