Thread: Possible Draft in 2005
05-22-2004, 09:17 PM #1
Possible Draft in 2005
Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
The Draft will Start in June 2005
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately.
$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website: www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the sss annual performance plan - fiscal year 2004.
The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this year, http://www.hslda.org/legislation/na...s89/default.asp entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." These active bills currently sit in the committee on armed services.
Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era.
College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.
Even those voters who currently support US actions abroad may still object to this move, knowing their own children or grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight. Not that it should make a difference, but this plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a
shelter and includes women in the draft.
The public has a right to air their opinions about such an important decision.
Please send this on to all the friends, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins that you know. Let your children know too -- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change!
Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.
05-22-2004, 09:28 PM #2VET Retired
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Looks like the lounge might get a little lonely.
05-22-2004, 09:36 PM #3
No way, will not happen.
05-23-2004, 12:07 AM #4
I dunno . . . used to be just the conservatives were in favor of the draft, now it's the liberals (so is this a liberal or conservative issue? Who knows?) . . .
If Bush is re-elected and he keeps up this military madness all over the planet, there's gonna have to be a draft.
Anyone who wants to know how to beat the draft by claiming to be gay, lemme know. I'm personally in favor of gays having to risk their necks along with everyone else, but as long as the government insists on excusing them (a "Special Privelege" gays don't want), seems to me anyone should have the right to claim that exclusion.
05-23-2004, 12:57 AM #5
that is ****ing bull****
05-23-2004, 01:58 AM #6
Those two bills have been around since January of 2003. They created a media firestorm. They are nothing new, and almost everyone said they wouldn't vote for it. This was before the Iraq war started shooting, and Rep. Rangel wanted to make a statement that if the leaders in washington had their kids in the military they would make different choices.
The bills haven't been touched in like 15 months. A quick look on THOMAS (the library of congress system) shows both have been in committee since February of last year. They are withering away in committee.
There is also no mention of anything about college students in the actual bills. The text is short, and not full of leagalese.
05-23-2004, 02:08 AM #7
Gay men need to have the same "right" to fight and die in combat defending their country as any other man. They don't wreck cohesion. They can perform a man's combat role as well as any other human being with a pair of cojones and a rifle. Exclude women from all combat roles. I stated it, and will defend it, bring it on.
The draft is garbage. We call it a professional military for a reason, the people who join choose to. Mandatory civic duty is one thing, I believe in that. Plant a dang tree or scrape spraypaint off of a school, do something to improve the community you live in. Leave the fighting to men that accept the possible consequences of war: death.
05-23-2004, 02:11 AM #8
I don't think it will happen. The government is calling back all IRR and that will keep us from having the draft. My best friend just got his letter a week ago, and I'm anticipating mine any time now.
05-23-2004, 02:15 AM #9Originally Posted by inheritmylife
For all you civilians IRR stands for Inactive Ready Reserve. You can enlist for 4 years, but in reality you are really signing up for 8, and can be called back any time.
05-23-2004, 02:15 AM #10Originally Posted by Symian
All inactive ready reserve? I'm only 9 months out of service> If that is true, I need to start working on my tan. Are you sure?
05-23-2004, 02:21 AM #11Originally Posted by inheritmylife
05-23-2004, 02:36 AM #12"to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."
05-23-2004, 02:48 AM #13Originally Posted by Symian
05-24-2004, 05:18 AM #14Originally Posted by Warrior
He's a tanker, but has been reasigned to an infantry unit. Whenever he makes a friend they get hurt or killed, and it's really screwing with him. He told me to break a leg, have my mom drive over my foot, or fail a piss test, anything to keep from going. Well, as much as I appreciate his care for my well being, I'll still go if I have to, and I have my reasons.
Don't know where I was going with this, but just sayin that it's bad over there.
Last edited by Symian; 05-24-2004 at 05:21 AM.
05-24-2004, 09:25 AM #15
i think a little military life would benefit everyone today..
05-24-2004, 09:45 AM #16Associate Member
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I have a soloution for the war and draft....If we just built a couple pools in the middle east they would swim and live peacefully...You would be pissed off too if it was 120 everyday and all u had was some dirt, sand... Its like when you go to a family picnic and you dont want to be bothered by "uncle micky" but once you get in that pool everybodys friends. Also tell them to stop firing all those bullets in the air...when its time for war you know they are going to be out of ammuntion.. Just venting a little bit...tired of hearing everyone bitch about the war. One more thing..@#$holes need to stop saying i am against the war but support the troops.. Theres no middle ground, you are for it or your not.. thats like saying you like the yankees but dont like baseball......................
Last edited by wildbill5252; 05-24-2004 at 09:48 AM.
05-24-2004, 09:49 AM #17
working around a war and being in one is two totally different things... thats their natural enviroment, if anyone should be pissed, its us who have to go there and babysit them.
05-24-2004, 09:57 AM #18
canada here i come
05-24-2004, 10:02 AM #19
Tock, you know the problem with gays in the military as I do. As a straight man I don,t want another man staring at my **** in the shower.
Now if we could have a all gay unit then that would be fine.
05-24-2004, 10:03 AM #20
could you guys see an all gay unit. I bet the enemy would be shaking in their boots when they seen these guys roll up.
05-24-2004, 10:04 AM #21Originally Posted by Martha
05-24-2004, 10:05 AM #22
I just realized martha is the former mart.. **** im slow..
05-24-2004, 10:07 AM #23Originally Posted by Elliot
I guess it was my views. kind of hard to miss huh?
05-24-2004, 10:09 AM #24
of course not.. so how does it feel to be the queen?
Last edited by Elliot; 05-24-2004 at 10:12 AM.
05-24-2004, 10:11 AM #25
keen, thats the word im gonna use to describe you elliot..LOL JK bro, mart, bro i agree, bright camos and chromed m-16 would scare the hell out of me..
05-24-2004, 10:17 AM #26Originally Posted by decadbal
PULLLL OVERR PPUUULLL OVERRR
05-24-2004, 10:22 AM #27
Military builds charactor
It wouldn't hurt for young America to build a little character as well as backbone. Way too many couch potato, unemployed, lazy bastards out there. Military would take care of that.
NOW GET DOWN AND GIVE ME 20
05-24-2004, 10:34 AM #28Originally Posted by Martha
Something tells me it will be a long long time before the hyper-religious and rabidly anti-gay US military lets any gays in. They don't give a rats ass about fairness or equal obligation or dismissing gay's responsibility to put their necks on the line just like everybody else. They just hate queers, that's all there is to it. They just hate queers.
So . . .
That being said, anyone who wants coaching in being queer to avoid the draft, I'm here for ya. I got one guy out back in '77 (just before they kicked me out) . . . it was easier back then, all you really needed to do was read the gay chapter in Dr. Jerry Ruben's "All You Wanted To Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask)" and be able to name a few other gay people. It would require a bit more study now, I suppose, and you might have to go to the extreme of being willing to kiss another guy in front of military investigators, but if you want the same military exemption that gays have, ya, it can be done. If you have better things going on than basic training and getting shot at right now (like college or a career or good job or a wife), no need in letting George Bush send your ass off to fight a war (based on faulty evidence) to preserve the right for American corporations to drill for oil and make big profits.
Ya, I think I'll have to develop a "Gay For A Day" course so we gays can share our military exemption with the rest of y'all . . .
05-24-2004, 11:48 AM #29
I would rather lay dead in the fields of Iraq and leave my children fatherless than to even pretend I was gay.
Originally Posted by Tock
05-24-2004, 11:51 AM #30Originally Posted by Martha
arent you a tough little cookie..
05-24-2004, 11:52 AM #31Originally Posted by Elliot
OOOOHHH shut up sweet thing.
05-24-2004, 02:08 PM #32
kinda disappointing to see folks talkin about skippin out, there was a time when a man would step up and do his duty, now its the cool thing to hide at home. some ppl dont see theres a bigger picture in life than YOU.
05-24-2004, 02:13 PM #33VET Retired
Originally Posted by Martha
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05-24-2004, 02:37 PM #34Originally Posted by Elliot
05-24-2004, 02:37 PM #35Originally Posted by singern
singern, see that tree over there?
05-24-2004, 02:44 PM #36Originally Posted by whiteyk
05-24-2004, 03:36 PM #37Originally Posted by Martha
Good for you.
05-24-2004, 04:07 PM #38Originally Posted by decadbal
Well, it's kinda disappointing to see some folks excused from military service for nothing other than what their sexual orientation is, but not excusing anyone else of any other sexual orientation. Is it fair? Nope. Is there a do-it-yourself solution to this sort of injustice? Yep. Tock's "Gay-For-A-Day" course (under development) where we teach you how to look, act, talk, walk, and smell gay just long enough so you can convince government agents that you merit the same unmerited military exemption awarded hundreds of thousands of draft-age men since 1953. There's no reason for you to put your neck on the line for your country if the government lets gay gymrats with 410 benches off the hook for no good reason at all. How can they expect you to beleive that "We're all in this together" when they leave 'roid shootin' homos safe and sound in air-conditioned gyms while you get sent off to some gawd-forsaken sand pile, fighting sand vipers, camel spiders, desert fleas, idiot commanding officers, grenade-totin' children, and AK-47 weilding guerillas, taking pot-shots at you while you slowly but surely lose those hard-fought for pounds of muscle . . .
Yes, thanks to a loophole in military regulations big enough for the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade to march through, all you have to do to become exempt from military service, along with hundreds of thousands of other Proud Americans, is to become "Gay For A Day," in fact, just for a fraction of a day; only for the time it takes to talk to your draft board.
We will provide:
A book of Gay vocabulary and customs
A choice of either butch or fru-fru outfit for your Draft Board appearance
A disco tape
. . . man, I'll have to work on this some more . . . but if there really is a draft, I'll be happy to coach any of y'all on this this. It ain't fair that the government says that straights have to go fight wars, and gays don't.
05-24-2004, 04:31 PM #39Originally Posted by decadbal
05-24-2004, 04:33 PM #40
...and, if gays REALLY want to serve in the military....all they have to do is keep their fukin mouths shut........which many of them do.......the less brave can't keep from squealing like little girls though....want to be treated like all other men.....right....
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