Draft Registration

image According to this official looking website, the military is now readying for a general draft. But wow, they're sure asking some weird questions of draftees. For instance, under the Mental Fitness Pre-Screening section, they want to know if you suffer from "NPR listenerism." But wait a second. You guessed it. It's not really a military website, despite the official-sounding URL they managed to acquire. No, it's just another gimmick to sell some t-shirts. The site is pretty well-designed, however. It had me going for a second or two.

Military Websites

Posted on Sat May 08, 2004



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Some of the other questions give it away, but it's funny.
Posted by Wes Rains  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  01:16 AM
It's by the guy from whitehouse.org. He does very good work.
Posted by Bob  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  06:01 AM
Umm, isn't that what registering for 'selective service' is for? Kind of silly to try a fake draft info hoax.
Posted by Bob S. Yunkle  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  06:03 PM
While it's true that young men are supposed to register with Selective Service, there currently is no draft. The U.S. military is 100% volunteer.

That having been said, the Bush administration has been floating a few trial balloons to see what the public response to a revived draft would be. Just the other day, an official actually said that a future draft might include women. It didn't get a lot of attention because of all the other stuff in the news, but I think if they were to try that, it would be unfavorably received (to say the least).

That's a trick often used by politicians, though--propose something more far-reaching than what you really want. When the inevitable public outcry happens, you "retreat" to what you actually want, making it look as if you're being "reasonable." Kind of a hoax, huh?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  09:08 PM
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