Why do I get the feeling this is the perfect attempt at establishing a civilian draft function to coopt as many Americans as needed for conscription
WASHINGTON - Democrat Wesley Clark says if elected president, he would create a corps of civilians who could be called up for service in national
emergencies much like the National Guard.
Every American age 18 or older could register for Clark's civilian reserve, listing skills that could aid the country in a disaster. Registration is
voluntary and would involve a commitment to serve any time for five years.
In times of national emergency, such as floods, forest fires or terrorist attacks, the president would have the power to call to duty up to 5,000
civilian reservists. Tours would last as long as six months. Congress could authorize more to be mobilized.
Civilian reservists also could be sent overseas for jobs like reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.