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Selective Service Getting Ready to Get Ready

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posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 10:52 PM
According to the following report the Selective Service System is planning a comprehensive test, while strongly claiming there is no imminent military draft. Officials claim this "test" will likely not occur until 2009. However given the current climate of an unpopular war in Iraq, and looming threats of possible military action in both Iran and North Korea, both over growing nuclear weapons concerns. One could wonder how a test of the Draft system, and effort to close all loopholes for anyone eligible and called to service, could be a prelude to something more serious...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Selective Service System is planning a comprehensive test of the military draft machinery, which hasn't been run since 1998.

The agency is not gearing up for a draft, an agency official said Thursday. The test itself would not likely occur until 2009.

Meanwhile, the secretary for Veterans Affairs said that "society would benefit" if the U.S. were to bring back the draft and that it shouldn't have any loopholes for anyone who is called to serve. Secretary Jim Nicholson later issued a statement saying he does not support reinstituting a draft.

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With a strategic win in Iraq all but impossible, and looming threats from Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Al-Qaeda, could these tests of the draft system indicate real and comprehensive war planning, including a mandatory draft?

War and military action in the Middle East is not very popular according to many polls, with failing support, if war were to break out and soldiers are needed, The draft may be quite necessary.

BUT, this is only a test, if this were an actual emergency, you'd already have your draft notice.

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[edit on 22-12-2006 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Dec, 23 2006 @ 03:06 AM
Um_gazz according to news reports from Commanders in Iraq, they believe a surge of more troops in Iraq would be beneficial suddenly. They are in agreement with Bush I guess.

They are gonna need bodies from somewhere. Im glad my 2 youngest are 7 and 2 years old. I would not want them in Iran or Iraq.

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. military commanders in Iraq have decided to recommend a "surge" of fresh American combat forces, eliminating one of the last remaining hurdles to proposals being considered by President Bush for a troop increase, a defense official familiar with the plan said Friday.

The approval of a troop increase plan by top Iraq commanders, including Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, comes days before Bush unveils a new course for the troubled U.S. involvement in Iraq. Bush still must address concerns among some Pentagon officials and overcome opposition from Congress, where many Democrats favor a blue-ribbon commission's recommendation for a gradual withdrawal of combat troops.


posted on Dec, 23 2006 @ 05:40 AM
While a draft in the US has some advantages in this case the disadvantages would far outweigh the advantages.
Here are some ways the US military could recruit more people.
Increase the pay so military personal get paid more then there civilivan counter parts.
In part help to elect some leaders who are fit for office.
Get some Military leaders who have a spine and will stand up to political leaders.

I would be in favor of a draft in NZ if people had the option serving in the police force , Fire service and the military.

Maybe draftees could take over the likes of peace keeping roles this would free up the career soldiers to serve in hot spots such as Afghanistan.

posted on Dec, 23 2006 @ 08:26 PM
There's a current thread in PTS regarding this latest draft discussion.
It includes an interesting commentary by donwhite about the military from WWII to now.

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