posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 02:00 AM
This is kind of an over general question.
First, the description from another poster from wiki is in fact how US selective service is set up to operate, and I doubt there would any significant
changes to it in the event of a draft being authorized.
However; first you have to define "World War III". If the Russians,Americans, Chineses and anyone else starts flipping nukes there won't be a whole
heck of alot of the civilized world in the northern hemisphere left to have a draft. But that's rather unlikely.
Right now we are in two wars, Iraq and Afgahnistan, plus a quasi war on the border of the US, and North East Asia getting right sporty. Throw on say
Isreal and Iran (or Syria) hooking up, which might cause issues in SE Europe you would have 4-5 major regional conflicts going on with most major
countries having interests at stake. I don't think that goes nuclear, but you might have 3 or more months of heavy conventional fighting...that
might necessatate a draft and might be considered WWIII.
You have got to consider a few other things. What started this WWIII? You might have people angry enough over a hostile event that they are lining up
at the recruiters. Not only that but before drafties are inducted (at least in the US) they would order complete and total mobilization, which means
all active duty, active reserve, national guard, inactive ready reserve and in some instances even retirees would be called up or back to duty, most
needing refresher or retraining. The major basic and advanced training bases would be handling that first. I Also, I have heard rumers (that honestly
were probably just that) that the Armed Forces would in general be against the draft (volunteer militaries are more professional and effecient) that
they might find a way to activate those in ROTC and even have a kind of "limited draft" of 18 year olds in programs like Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea
Cadets, Coast Guard Auxillery, Eagle Scouts and the like. These cadets are already partially trained and in some cases have completed enough training
to warrent advance rank when they enlist during normal peace time. Contracted ROTC cadets could be graduated early...as could cadets/midshipmen in
their final year or even their Jr year of the service academies could be called up in a true emergency. Recently seperated members who were sent out
for minor medical or other minor issues could be called back as well. My point is that there are plenty of people who could be called with some level
of either prior service or even cadet service that would be available.
I highly doubt a full draft would be needed in MOST situations that can be concieved.