Signing up for Driver's Licence = Registering for Draft
[Editor's Note: As mentioned in David Wiggin's article on avoiding the draft, you stand the best chance of not being drafted, by not registering with Selective Service. Do not believe the Arizona state director of Selective Service in the article below when he says: "this doesn't mean that the draft is coming back". TRUST ME, the draft IS COMING BACK AND IT WILL BE IN PLACE IN EARLY SPRING OF 2005. Before you allow your child to apply for a driver's licence, find out if your state is registering your child for Selective Service as part of the licence application (which sorely needs to be challenged in court, as it is wholly improper and illegal to combine the two). Obtain a driver's licence in a state that does not combine Selective Service registration with the driver's licence application. Your child's life is WORTH THE EFFORT. Do not allow your son or daughter to be sucked into the military meat grinder. Once you are exposed to the brutality and horror of war, YOU ARE NEVER THE SAME AGAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. More US soldiers committed SUICIDE (60,000) after returning from Vietnam than actually died in Vietnam (58, 000). And there are already cases of retuning soldiers who had served in Iraq and have committed suicide because they couldn't live with themselves for having followed orders to KILL UNARMED Iraqi prisoners or detainees. A JUSTIFIED and Legal war is one thing, but giving up your life and innocence for the satanic, draft dodging cowards running this America-destroying Illuminati puppet regime is insane (Kerry is an Illuminati puppet too, have no delusions) ..Ken)
By Carol Ann Alaimo <email@example.com>
Dec. 30, 2003
Signing up for draft to change: Registering will be tied to getting driver's license
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
America hasn't had a military draft since 1973, but Arizona intends to be ready if it ever happens again. Under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1, men between 18 and 25 will be automatically registered for selective service whenever they apply for driver's licenses or state identification cards.
The change will make Arizona one of 30 or so states with similar compulsory sign-ups for draft age men.
"We are going to use the driver's license for the purpose of seeing that young men are registered," said Tucsonan Victor Schwanbeck, director of the state's selective service system.
But "this doesn't mean that the draft is coming back," said Schwanbeck, a lawyer.
He said the state is simply seeking a fairer and more efficient way of ensuring that young men comply with a decades-old federal law that requires them to register for selective service.
Until now, draft-age males have been allowed to register voluntarily, usually on the Internet or by filling out a form at a post office.
But nearly 40 percent of the state's 18-year-olds typically don't register, often because they don't know about the requirement, state officials say. And no one actively hunts them down to make sure that they follow through.
There are indirect penalties for those who fail to register. For example, they are barred from attending state-funded universities or from holding government jobs.
Under the new system approved by the Arizona Legislature, "probably 95 percent of them will be registered because they want to drive," Schwanbeck said.
Lt. Col. Gerald Paulus, an Arizona National Guard member and commander of the state's selective service system, said he's not aware of any plans to resurrect the draft, even with the nation now involved in two simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From the 1940s to the 1970s, conscription was a favored method for raising large number of troops to supplement U.S. military missions, Paulus said.
But the modern volunteer military, with its advanced weaponry and longer firing ranges, doesn't require the same large numbers of people to "sit in the trenches," he said.
"We can deliver a lot more firepower with fewer individuals," he said.
Still, he said, the government maintains the selective service system as a potential "third tier" of national protection - behind the regular military and reserve troops - just in case America ever faced a situation so dire that the draft had to be reintroduced to deal with it.
These days, there are differing philosophies about the desirability of having conscripts involved in military operations, Paulus noted.
Some think it's preferable to have the military made up of volunteers rather than forcing unwilling civilians to serve. Others think that the presence of conscripts tends to make governments more careful about going to war since the cost, in casualties, is more widely shared throughout society.
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More articles on the Draft
Draft Creep Underway (Feb. 3, 2004)
Kucinich Warns of Coming Draft (Jan. 26, 2004)
How To Stay Out of the Military (Primer on Draft Resistance Feb. 3, 2004)
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