Democrat: Reinstate the Draft and Have Mandatory National Service

OK, I want this on record.
The next time someone wants to blame Republicans for a possible reinstatement of the draft. It is (and has been in the past) the Democrats who have proposed this, not the Republicans.

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would reinstate a compulsory military draft during war time and require U.S. citizens not selected for military duty to perform a “national service obligation” – as defined by President Obama – for a minimum of two years.

Rangel introduced the Universal National Service Act, or H.R. 5741 on July 15. The measure was referred to the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel on July 23.

Rangel introduced similar bills in 2003, 2006 and 2007. His current bill does not have a co-sponsor.

Rangel took to the floor of the House to reintroduce HR 5741, stating, “I have introduced legislation to reinstate the draft and to make it permanent during time of war. It is HR 5741, and what this does is to make everyone between the ages of 18 and 42 – whether they’re men or women, whether they’re straight or gay – to have the opportunity to defend this great country whenever the president truly believes that our national security is threatened.”

According to an announcement released by Rangel’s office, the bill provides for:

* A national service obligation – either military or civilian – for every citizen and permanent resident, male and female, of the U.S., aged 18 to 42.

* Persons may inducted to perform military service only if a declaration of war is in effect, or if the president declares a national emergency necessitating the induction of persons to perform military service and immediately informs Congress of the reasons for the declaration.

* Defines “national service” as either military or civilian service as defined by the president that promotes national or homeland security.

* Give the president the authority to establish the numbers of persons to be selected for military service and the means of selection.

* Requires those not selected for military service to perform their national service obligation in a civilian capacity for a period of two years.

* Directs the president to prescribe the regulations necessary to carry out the act.

* Deferments for education are only permitted through completion of high school, to a maximum age of 20.

* Deferments may be made for physical or mental disability, or under claims of conscientious objector.

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