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


Some of the other questions give it away, but it's funny.
Posted by Wes Rains  on  Sat May 08, 2004  at  11:16 PM
It's by the guy from whitehouse.org. He does very good work.
Posted by Bob  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  04:01 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  04:03 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  07:08 PM
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