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Selective Service Prepares Test of Military Draft
WASHINGTON — The Selective Service System, which has remained in existence despite the abandonment of conscription three decades ago, is making preparations to tests its draft machinery in case Congress and President George W. Bush need it, even though the White House says it does not want to bring back the draft.
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W-DC U.S. Selective Service Prepares Test of Military Draft. The White House says it does not want to bring back the draft. VA Secretary Nicholson prompted speculation about the draft Thursday when he told reporters that he recalled favorably his own experience as a company commander in an infantry unit that brought together soldiers of different backgrounds and education levels "in the common purpose of serving."
On Wednesday, Bush said he is looking into adding more troops to the nearly 1.4 million uniformed personnel on active duty. Military officials have said the Army and Marine Corps want to add as many as 35,000 more troops. Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, plans to introduce a bill next year to reinstate the draft. House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi said such a proposal would not be high on the Democratic-led Congress' priority list.
Both the Union and Confederacy military drafted soldiers during the Civil War, in both world wars and between 1948 and 1973. Reincorporated in 1980, the Selective Service System maintains a registry of 18-year-old men, but call-ups have not occurred since the Vietnam War. [Edited by Don W]