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Louisiana teens getting driver's license also register for selective service
Posted on November 13, 2004
There may be no "plans" for a national military draft, but that hasn't kept Louisiana from registering teenagers too young to serve in case conditions change.
During the recently concluded presidential campaigns, the major candidates repeatedly said they had no plans to resume compulsory military service.
Their promises were not reassuring, however, to Larry Chevalier of Glenmora who was alarmed when his 16-year-old son Nathan had to register with the Selective Service System in order to get a driver's license.
Selective Service is the agency charged with collecting names and information about all 18-year-old American and immigrant men for possible conscription.
"I just can't believe it. That amazes me," Chevalier said.
What "amazed" Chevalier was that his son would not be eligible to serve in the military for another two years.