Following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon, some Republicans in Congress want to end selective service registration calling it a waste of money. From Fox News;
The Selective Service has a budget of $24 million and a full-time staff of 130. It maintains a database of about 17 million potential male draftees. In the event of a draft, the agency would mobilize as many as 11,000 volunteers to serve on local draft boards that would decide if exemptions or deferments to military service were warranted.
The Selective Service is an “inexpensive insurance policy,” said Lawrence Romo, the agency’s director. “We are the true backup for the true emergency.”
Yeah, most of the kids I went to college with didn’t even know that they had to register for the draft. The draft had been in effect since World War II until Richard Nixon ended it in 1972 and then two presidents later, Jimmy Carter reconstituted draft registration when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and he suddenly realized that he made military service so unattractive that he might have to bring back the draft. This was just a few years after he’d given amnesty to the draft dodgers of the Vietnam era – effectively insuring that a draft would never work in this country again.
During the 2004 campaign, Democrats started a rumor that George Bush had plans to reinstitute a draft, even though it was Democrats (specifically, Charlie Rangel) planned to restart the forced military conscription as some sort of idiot way to prevent war. Yeah, if there’s way to save money, they should shut down the Selective Service Administration. Especially since it would never work anyway.
Category: Military issues