On 7 January 2003 Rep. Rangel and Sen. Hollings introduced, into the Senate, the Universal National Service Act. It requires all people between 18-26
years of age to "perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security".
A slight examination of the Act:
"a) OBLIGATION FOR YOUNG PERSONS- It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States,
who is between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this Act unless exempted under the provisions of this
Uh... how long?
"a) GENERAL RULE- Except as otherwise provided in this section, the period of national service performed by a person under this Act shall be two
okay, fine. What are the exemptions? Can I run to College and still live?
"SEC. 6. DEFERMENTS AND POSTPONEMENTS.
(a) HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
(b) HARDSHIP AND DISABILITY [Going to war isn't a hardship?]
(c) TRAINING CAPACITY [If we force to many people to train ... we'll let you stew until we need you]
(d) TERMINATION [If the Act is repealed, duh!]
What if I'm religious? You know, a Quaker?
"(b) TRANSFER TO CIVILIAN SERVICE- Any such person whose claim is sustained may, at the discretion of the President, be transferred to a national
service program for performance of such person's national service obligation under this Act." Oppps!
And, did you know in Ontario, Canada it's -11 °F, with a windchill of .... -34 °F!
Rep. Rangel- rangel.house.gov...
Sen. Hollings- hollings.senate.gov...