http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h109-4752 i've just spotted this which is due to be debated by the house tomorrow, it hasn't been mentioned in any of the news programs. is it something that everyone knows about and is happy with? a possible american national service or is it a draft through the back door, as they say? 109th U.S. Congress (2005-2006) H.R. 4752: Universal National Service Act of 2006 Introduced: Feb 14, 2006 Sponsor: Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY] Status: Introduced (By Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY]) To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons 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 in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes. SEC. 2. NATIONAL SERVICE OBLIGATION. 4 (a) OBLIGATION SERVICE.--It is the obligation FOR 5 of every citizen of the United States, and every other per- 6 son residing in the United States, who is between the ages 7 of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as 8 prescribed in this Act unless exempted under the provi- 9 sions of this Act. 10 (b) FORM NATIONAL SERVICE.--National service OF 11 under this Act shall be performed either-- 12 (1) as a member of an active or reserve compo- 13 nent of the uniformed services; or 14 (2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by 15 the President, promotes the national defense, includ- 16 ing national or community service and homeland se- 17 curity.