Upcoming military draft: Universal National Service Act of 2006

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I had heard a while ago of a new bill in the House that would require all people in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service for homeland security. I had forgotten all about until it popped into my head last night for some reason. Seems that it did not get a lot of attention from anyone at the time it was introduced, so I figured I would go looking for it. Well, I found it, and it is kind of frightening. The first version of it that I could find was back in 2003, and a link to it is located at The Orator . Basically, it says:

” (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 Act.

(b) FORM OF NATIONAL SERVICE- National service under this Act shall be performed either–

(1) as a member of an active or reverse component of the uniformed services; or

(2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service and homeland security.

(c) INDUCTION REQUIREMENTS- The President shall provide for the induction of persons covered by subsection (a) to perform national service under this Act.

(d) SELECTION FOR MILITARY SERVICE- Based upon the needs of the uniformed services, the President shall–

(1) determine the number of persons covered by subsection (a) whose service is to be performed as a member of an active or reverse component of the uniformed services; and

(2) select the individuals among those persons who are to be inducted for military service under this Act.

(e) CIVILIAN SERVICE- Persons covered by subsection (a) who are not selected for military service under subsection (d) shall perform their national service obligation under this Act in a civilian capacity pursuant to subsection (b)(2). ”

So then I went looking a little further, and found that it was brought up in 2005 and 2006 . The 2006 version is basically the same bill as all the other ones introduced.

Now, I know some people think that a draft could never happen in this country. But one day, who knows when, a bill like this will get passed. I guarantee it. We as a country are spread too thin with all of this President’s wars, and they are going to need more bodies to spread around the world in the name of “freedom”. I am in FULL support of our military and all of our soldiers…my support for the anti-war movement is not because of them nor because of what they do. It is because I feel that this President has gone way to far in his drive to “free” other countries, at the expense of our young men and women and the families they leave behind. If the United States needed to be legitimately involved in a world conflict, I am all for it. But I am tired of our government saying one thing and doing another, lying to its citizens, ignoring real problem areas in the world (can you say….Darfur?) and generally treating us all here as if we ourselves are the enemy by tapping our phone lines, getting our internet records or keeping tabs on people that attend peace marches.

This bill, the Universal National Service Act of 2006 is what could be coming soon. (Frighteningly it was drafted by a Democrat, Rep. Charles Rangel) No matter what your beliefs, the United States is supposed to be a free country, and we are supposed to be allowed to be able to choose whether or not to serve in the military. Many men in my family have fought in several big wars (some by choice, others by draft), and they would do it again if they had to. And I would go to if the fight was an important one that really had something to do with the security of this country. But I do not believe in this President’s policies and would not support him in his crusades around the world. Check out the Universal National Service Act of 2006 and decide what you would do if the time came when you were called up in the name of Homeland Security. I wish all the troops around the world to know we are thinking of them that are working to get you all home. Be safe.

Oh, and George? Where is Osama?

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  1. I support Charles Rangel’s bill HR4752, the Universal National Service Act. The clear majority of persons from whom I have collected opinions believe that the current military is egregiously wrong in its classism of its ranks being largely filled by the poorer social classes. I believe in noblesse oblige, so that the higher class will be drafted before the lower all the way from the top class to the poorest. This would promote diversity, as well as shared experience, and democratize necessary duty in harm’s way.
    I favor drafting women. This would finally expedite passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, I think.

    Richard Rathmann

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