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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Charles Rangel on Thursday introduced the Universal National Service Act, commonly referred to as the draft bill, ahead of the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on Saturday, March 19, 2011.
MAJOR PROVISIONS OF THE UNIVERSAL NATIONAL SERVICE ACT OF 2011:
The Universal National Service Act Of 2011, originally introduced as the nation prepared for the invasion of Iraq, would provide for:
• A national service obligation—either military or civilian--for every citizen and permanent resident, male and female, of the U.S., aged 18 to 25
• Persons may inducted to perform military service only if a declaration of war is in effect, or if the President declares a national emergency necessitating the induction of persons to perform military service and immediately informs Congress of the reasons for the declaration.
• Defines "national service" as either military or civilian service as defined by the President that promotes national or homeland security.
• Give the President the authority to establish the numbers of persons to be selected for national service and the means of selection.
• Directs the President to prescribe the regulations necessary to carry out the act.
• Deferments for education through the age of 24 if they are full time students.
• Deferments may be made for physical or mental disability, or under claims of conscientious objector.