Draft Chatter : Women May Have to Register

We continue to monitor the possibility of the return of the military draft. The news today is this:

WASHINGTON - The chief of the U.S. Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft and requiring that young Americans regularly inform the government about whether they have training in niche specialties needed in the armed services.

The proposal, which the agency's acting director Lewis Brodsky presented to senior Pentagon officials just before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, also seeks to extend the age of draft registration to 34, up from 25.

The information was obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request:

The plan, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, highlights the extent to which agency officials have planned for an expanded military draft in case the administration and Congress authorize one in the future. "In line with today's needs, the Selective Service System's structure, programs and activities should be re-engineered toward maintaining a national inventory of American men and, for the first time, women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills," the agency said in a Feb. 11, 2003, proposal presented to Pentagon officials.

[link via Atrios and Democratic Underground]

Update: Julian Sanchez and Maxspeak on the draft. Max mentions a post of our's which is now located here. Max still says he doesn't think a draft will come to pass. We predict if Bush is re-elected, plans to reinstate will be announced around January.

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