Military Draft : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Does anyone know if the draft laws are still in force and if so what the age for it is as I have a son almost 18. If not do you know where I could find out? I have looked on and couldnt find anything, dont really know what Im looking for though. Thanks

-- Avis (, May 28, 1999



I thought that Reagan or Bush redefined the draft law to include the drafting of enrolled college students. I can only barely remember something about the ability to get school loans and not upsetting minorities was thought to spur the redefinition. I could be wrong. It has been some time since I had an interest in this topic.

Sincerely, Stan Faryna

-- Stan Faryna (, May 28, 1999.

They still have to register for selective service even tough I thought that "bilderberg" Clinton being the draft dodger he is would repel it. Looks like your boy is getting ripe for the draft.

Watch out for what Clinton gets our sons into!

-- Country boy (I can skin, May 28, 1999.

I think the info you are looking for is at the Post Office. I seen a sign on their wall about registering for the selective service, and If I recall correctly, that is where I did it years ago.

-- Bob (, May 28, 1999.

Do you know if the 1 son law is still in effect as it was years ago?I sure hope it is because thats all I have .

-- Avis (, May 28, 1999.

(1) Draft (registration) law is stll on the books.

(2) Son should register.

(3) Now that women are elgible to serve in combat positions, expect MAJOR opposition if young women are not drafted as well. Equal rights mean equal responsibilities!

(4) Since women have not been registering, I would expect major problems enforcing an actual draft... There would also be considerable opposition from NOW (all the rights, no responsibilities...), male chauvanists, etc.

-- Mad Monk (, May 28, 1999.

forget the 1 son rule (it never was a WRITEN rule, it was always ad hoc). besides, with WJC, this wouldn't be a consideration.


-- Chuck, a night driver (, May 28, 1999.

The "one son rule" is something that your local draft board (they're still around) might have leeway to grant. Especially in circumstances where there is a parent who has something like a medical condition requiring assistance.

As far as registering for Selective Service, tell your youngsters to do so. Right now the penalties are pretty lax for not registering. If the draft is activated, the penalties could become very serious, overnight.

Either way, if Clinton decides to activate the draft today, it has to go before Congress. And this time around the debate will get dragged- down over the "draft women too" issue. I personally think that if they started tomorrow, they'd never get the system reztarted before next year.

Plus there's the pre-emptive strike method to avoid getting drafted into the Army and sent to fight in the infantry (destination of most draftees): join the Coast Guard, Air Force or Navy. It's still the military, but they aren't the branches of service that's going to be sent into battle while the officers stayed behind and watched.

WW, who spent his time in the Air Force. Where the enlisted guys waved "bye" to the airplanes as the officers went to do the fighting.

-- Wildweasel (, May 28, 1999.

Hi folks, click on this previous thread, all Draft information is there including hot links to the actual Draft Web Site and official up-to-date information.

Mil - Clinton expected to call up Nat'l Guard Troops

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-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, May 28, 1999.

point of order!! WW - as someone who spent time in both enlisted and officer ranks in the Army I'd like to point out that a good many Army officers go right along into combat with their enlisted people...unlike a certain other service I might mention where the officers get to go home to airconditioned hootches at night, even in combat...


-- Arlin H. Adams (, May 28, 1999.

I can honestly say that Uncle Sam prepared me well for Y2K. After 9 years in the Army (5th SF) and 54 months of that in the beautiful wooded hinterlands, I honestly believe that I could survive anywhere that had a reasonably temperate climate.

The 1 son rule was in a set of guidelines issued to the Draft Boards of WWII. It has never been set in stone. DO tell your son to register. If they ever enforce the penalities, it's rough. I wouldn't worry about him being drafted cause it'll all come down too fast. The government will never get it's collective act together quick enough.

Who's got my other shelter half?

-- Lobo (, May 29, 1999.

Leska, It isnt any of my business but is it Cascadia OR. that you live in? I understand if you dont want to answer. I live in Salem. Wish I lived anywhere near Cascadia. Have 2 sisters that live in Sweet Home If I havent moved before then thats where my family and I will be spending New Years Eve.Thanks so much for your input to my thread, it was exactly what I was looking for.

-- Avis (, May 29, 1999.

Selective Service: Who Must Register

I have one that will be eighteen 3 days before y2k.

-- marsh (, May 29, 1999.

Marsh, My son is almost 17 and war hasnt officialy been declared yet, thats why Im worried too. Wars especially one where I believe underlying motives exist usually last for years so Lord Willing your son will get out of it . I have always homeschooled my children and dont let them get drivers license and such just for purposes such as this. Wishing you all the best

-- Avis (, May 29, 1999.

mad monk,can women now serv in the infantry?I'd not heard that.....that'll certianly change the casual conversation dynamic amongst the grunts!

-- zoobie (, May 29, 1999.

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