Are you ready to be drafted?

  1. Found this while nosing around Wikipedia:

    Today, the most likely form of draft is a one of health care workers.[9] In 1987, Congress ordered the Selective Service System to put in place a system capable of drafting "persons qualified for practice or employment in a health care occupation", if such a special-skills draft should be ordered by Congress. In response, Selective Service published plans for the "Health Care Personnel Delivery System" (HCPDS) in 1989 and has had them ready ever since. The concept underwent a preliminary field exercise in Fiscal Year 1998, followed by a more extensive nationwide readiness exercise in Fiscal Year 1999.[10] The HCPDS plans include women and men age 20-54 in 57 job categories.[11]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_Service_System

    Recently a local grandmother in her 50s was called back to active duty in Iraq - I thought at the time "Wow, they're starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel".

    Besides running out of medical personnel for the war, a draft could be implemented in the event of a disaster such as a Pandemic as I see Indigo girl brought up last month: http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/pande...ml#post2098535

    More info:
    http://www.sss.gov/FSmedical.htm

    http://hasbrouck.org/draft/health.html

    nell - who doesn't look good in combat boots...
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  2. 89 Comments

  3. by   OC_An Khe
    It's part of the responsibilities of citizenship.
  4. by   Soup Turtle
    Am I ready? Nope!
  5. by   Princess74
    I support all of our service men and women but I sure don't have any desire to be one of them, especially not by being drafted!
  6. by   SICU Queen
    I won't get into the debate about responsibilities.

    Regarding being drafted though, seriously... what are the chances that something like this will happen?
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Did 10 years in the USAF; dh did twenty. We have done our share.
  8. by   JVanRN
    Am I ready? No. Would I do it if I were drafted? Yes. Itś part of my responsibility as a U.S citizen.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Funny you should mention it.........Even though I'm too old (not to mention decrepit) to join the military, I keep getting recruitment flyers from the Army Reserve that offer to waive the upper age limit (currently 47 yrs.) and pay student loans, as well as bonuses, for any RN who enlists. It's almost tempting, except I'm afraid the second some 22-year-old female John Wayne impersonator started yelling at me, I'd probably respond with my best mother-of-five voice!

    Seriously, there is NO WAY a draft would be acceptable to most Americans at this point in time. The current administration wasted whatever political capital it had long ago, to say nothing of its credibility, and it wouldn't be able to push a draft through Congress with a fleet of bulldozers. The only way a draft could be reinstated is if a catastrophe on the level of 9/11 were to occur (God forbid), prompting the need for an infusion of new recruits; of course, that's when volunteer enlistments increase anyway.

    JMHO.
  10. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Seriously, there is NO WAY a draft would be acceptable to most Americans at this point in time.
    I couldn't agree more, if no other reason than for the simple fact that reinstating the draft in this age & time would have to include women - I seriously doubt this country is ready to watch 18 year old girls be drafted into a war. A war most people feel very strongly against.

    Creepy though, to think about as a nurse. Never once did it cross my mind that I'd be more desirable to the military because of my nursing license.
  11. by   MB37
    I actually support a draft in general - if only b/c the public outcry would keep us out of wars like the one we're currently in. If all our representatives knew that their children stood the same chance of going to war that blue-collar people's kids do, they may have grown a backbone a long time ago...and I have wondered since the day we invaded Iraq why the Bush twins haven't yet enlisted.

    We actually had to listen to an army recruiter as part of our NS orientation, and it didn't sound like an awful deal, but I'm married and planning on having kids soon, and would rather not be deployed on active duty somewhere while that's going on.
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    conscription is a general term for involuntary labor demanded by some established authority

    the draft (involuntary labor) is slavery.

    pure and simple.

    no other person (or group of persons including those in government) has the right to own my body, my life and my destiny.

    Quote from rep. ron paul (r-tx)
    the most important reason to oppose reinstatement of a military draft is that conscription violates the very principles upon which this country was founded. the basic premise underlying conscription is that the individual belongs to the state, individual rights are granted by the state, and therefore politicians can abridge individual rights at will. in contrast, the philosophy which inspired america's founders, expressed in the declaration of independence, is that individuals possess natural, god-given rights which cannot be abridged by the government. forcing people into military service against their will thus directly contradicts the philosophy of the founding fathers.

    the draft, whether for military purposes or some form of "national service," violates the basic moral principles of individual liberty upon which this country was founded.
    "a government that is willing to enslave some of its people can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens." - ron paul

    Quote from daniel webster
    "where is it written in the constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it? under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest rights of personal liberty?

    sir, i almost disdain to go to quotations and references to prove that such an abominable doctrine had no foundation in the constitution of the country. it is enough to know that the instrument was intended as the basis of a free government, and that the power contended for is incompatible with any notion of personal liberty. an attempt to maintain this doctrine upon the provisions of the constitution is an exercise of perverse ingenuity to extract slavery from the substance of a free government. it is an attempt to show, by proof and argument, that we ourselves are subjects of despotism, and that we have a right to chains and bondage, firmly secured to us and our children, by the provisions of our government."
    i am unequivocally opposed to involuntary servitude of any kind - military or civilian.

    cheers,
    roy
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from roy fokker
    conscription is a general term for involuntary labor demanded by some established authority

    the draft (involuntary labor) is slavery.

    pure and simple.

    no other person (or group of persons including those in government) has the right to own my body, my life and my destiny.



    "a government that is willing to enslave some of its people can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens." - ron paul



    i am unequivocally opposed to involuntary servitude of any kind - military or civilian.

    cheers,
    roy

    the best argument ever against conscription.

    thank you for reminding us, roy!!
  14. by   KellNY
    Amen to Roy!

    There is no way I would allow myself to be drafted. Or my son. Ever.

    It is NOT my responsibility or duty or obligation as a US citizen to participate in a conflict/war that does NOTHING for the well being of the people in this nation (or any other nation, for that matter) and that I am strictly opposed to.

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