The US federal government is filling empty Selective Service Board seats that have not been filled for decades.
A number of people around the US who filed applications years ago to serve on their local Selective Service Board have been receiving notices they are approved. The letter instructs recipients they must attend a 2 day training session.
From Wikipedia, here's a definition of the local board:
A Selective Service local board is a group of five citizen volunteers appointed by the Director of Selective Service on behalf of the President, based on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official. These men and women play an important community role closely connected with our nation's defense.
If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout the United States, territories, and the District of Columbia would decide who among the registrants in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service based on the individual registrant's circumstances and beliefs.
The widespread approval of Selective Service Board applicants makes some people believe a Draft is coming!
Per the Selective Service Act, Males ages 18-45 are subject to being Drafted but in practice, it would likely depend just how bad a war got.
For World War One, by the guidelines set down by the Selective Service Act, all males aged 21 to 30 were required to register for military service. At the request of the War Department, Congress amended the law in August 1918 to expand the age range to include all men 18 to 45, and to bar further volunteering.
National registration days and termination:
During World War I there were three registrations.
- The first, on June 5, 1917, was for all men between the ages of 21 and 31.
- The second, on June 5, 1918, registered those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917.
- A supplemental registration, included in the second registration, was held on August 24, 1918, for those becoming 21 years old after June 5, 1918.
- The third registration was held on September 12, 1918, for men age 18 through 45.
Reactions by New Yorker's to the possibility of a renewed Draft were quite explicit:
Doug VanderPool of Yonkers said with a grin:
There are no safe spaces or timeouts in combat.
Tim McLean of Staten Island told SuperStation95
I don't know how well that's going to work out given all the girly boys with high pitched voices who shave their armpits and chests . . something's desperately wrong with young men's minds these days.
Put them into the military. Even if they never see one minute of fighting, they'll learn about discipline, honor, duty, country, and American pride. All lacking in the minds of today's snowflakes.
Young folks were quick to say "no." 22 year old Steve Catrone of Manhattan told us
The days of people complying to a draft order request are over. You'd be luck if 10% comply. Well. I'm not going. So sue me.
When told that refusal to comply would result in a federal felony arrest warrant being issued, Catrone seemed shocked. He said
"If they make me give up my smart phone and video games and give me a machine gun, I'll use it . . . . on them!
He then stormed off quite upset.
No one from Selective Service was available to comment about this story on Sunday.