US Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft?

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    Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft
    The Associated Press
    Sunday, November 19, 2006; 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON -- Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.

    Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

    "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.

    Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose a measure early next year.

    In 2003, he proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26. This year, he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress.

    Democrats will control the House and Senate come January because of their victories in the Nov. 7 election.

    At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel, who also proposed a draft in January 2003, before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Standby Reserve, said he agreed that the U.S. does not have enough people in the military.

    "I think we can do this with an all-voluntary service, all-voluntary Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. And if we can't, then we'll look for some other option," said Graham, who is assigned as a reserve judge to the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

    Rangel, the next chairman of the House tax-writing committee, said he worried the military was being strained by its overseas commitments.

    "If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," Rangel said.

    He said having a draft would not necessarily mean everyone called to duty would have to serve. Instead, "young people (would) commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it's our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals," with a promise of educational benefits at the end of service.

    Graham said he believes the all-voluntary military "represents the country pretty well in terms of ethnic makeup, economic background."

    Repeated polls have shown that about seven in 10 Americans oppose reinstatement of the draft and officials say they do not expect to restart conscription.

    Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in June 2005 that "there isn't a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back."

    Yet the prospect of the long global fight against terrorism and the continuing U.S. commitment to stabilizing Iraq have kept the idea in the public's mind.

    The military drafted conscripts during the Civil War, both world wars and between 1948 and 1973. An agency independent of the Defense Department, the Selective Service System trains, keeps an updated registry of men age 18-25 _ now about 16 million _ from which to supply untrained draftees that would supplement the professional all-volunteer armed forces.

    Rangel and Graham appeared on "Face the Nation" on CBS.


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  2. If, and it's a big if, the US reinstated the draft, presumably that would mean that women would be eligible for compulsory military service as well? Does the selective service system add females to their list?
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  4. -Women are not required to register for selective service;
  5. Selective Service is an Odd thing. I had to register upon discharge from the Regular Army in 1984 having already done 3 years, and having 5 on the Reserve to come.

    The draft wont happen, even Rangel's fulla shite, last time he brought it up even He didnt vote for it. His Constituents were none too pleased to find out he's trying to foist this again.
  6. if the draft was reintroduced would it be applied to ALL, or only the ones whos folks cant afford to send them to university like last time?

    sorry if that comes across as a bit strong. i get a little worked up when the average working class bloke has no choice and the rich ones get an opt out.
  7. That's as may be, but I'd love to see National Service in this country, if only to get the some of the so called 'poor' (welfare survivors) into doing some worthwhile work.

    It'll never happen though. None f the main players in the UK could afford to lose so many votes.

    (rounding the b*stards up would be fun though)
  8. Biscuits, i have absolutely NO ploblem with compulsary work or community service schemes for the long term unemployed and work shy,
    eg, theres thousands of tons of litter on the streets that needs picking up, (give them a tenner for every ton of rubbish cleaned up instead of dole?? got my vote)
    what i DONT want to see is this pack of burrberry clad nithings unwillingly forced into the military were someone else has to rely on them with his life.
    would you trust your safety on a chav conscript if he was sharing a gun pit with you?