|U.S. Government Trying to Reinstate the Draft|
$28 million has reportedly been added to the
2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft
that could start as early as June 15, 2005. SSS must report to Bush
on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is
ready for activation.
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I find these parts of particular interest...
Service System (SSS), in accordance with the provisions of the Government
Performance and Results Act (GPRA), developed this Annual Performance Plan
(APP) for FY 2004. This Plan, aligned with the SSS’ Strategic Plan (FY
2001 - 2006), is an
The mission is to provide both trained and untrained personnel to the Department of Defense (DoD) in the event of a national emergency. Additionally, the Agency also provides a program of alternative service for men from its manpower pool who seek and are granted conscientious objector status.
The SSS will be a true partner in the national preparedness community that anticipates and responds to the changing needs of its customers.
RESOURCES REQUIRED TO MEET PERFORMANCE GOALS
Talented people are essential to achieving expected results. The alignment of human capital with the Agency’s mission and goals is crucial to the achievement of expected performance results. This alignment is accomplished by having the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs, at the right time. The Agency’s resources and priorities remain focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its business processes and maintaining an environment of accountability and meaningful results.
The SSS Strategic Goals identified in the Agency’s Strategic Plan for FY 2001- 2006 are:
[ NOTE: Obviously, customer and public are different entities ]
This FY 2004 APP identifies the activities and strategies that will take place during the fiscal year to achieve Agency goals and objectives. It also identifies relevant performance measurement target goals to be achieved. The performance goals for FY 2004 are:
1. Develop an Area Office Prototype Exercise that will test the Health Care Personnel Delivery System (HCPDS) work flows and support programs.
2. Redefine Agency infrastructure based on a Quinquennial Workload Study.
3. Prepare and conduct an Area Office Prototype Exercise which tests the activation process from SSS Lottery input to the issuance of the first Armed Forces Examination Orders.
4. Ensure 90% of people tested are capable of implementing activation procedures.
5. Ensure that 95% of the predefined readiness objectives are attained and validated during an Area Office Prototype Exercise.
6. Train 90% of assigned State Directors (SDs) and Reserve Force Officers (RFOs) on HCPDS and Timed-Phased Response (TPR) functions and responsibilities.
7. Attain a 92% or greater compliance rate for men 18 through 25 years old.
8. Attain and appoint Registrars in 85% of the Nation’s high schools.
9. Obtain 75% of all registrations electronically.
10. Maintain an average systems change request implementation time of 39 days.
11. Maintain a functional proponent and customer satisfaction level of 87%.
12. Have a telephone call completion rate of 93% or higher.
13. Answer correspondence in less than 10 days.
14. Train 90% of assigned SDs and RFOs on Alternative Service plans and procedures.
The Pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of Congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and H.R. 163 forward this year, entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." These active bills currently sit in the Committee on Armed Services. [ NOTE: The text of S 89 and HR 163 have not yet been received from GPO. ALL legislation can be searched at http://thomas.loc.gov/ ]
Avoiding the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era. College and Canada will NOT be options.
In December 2001, Canada and the US signed a "Smart Border Declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Manley, and US Homeland Security Director, Gov. Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country.
Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminate higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.
I think many people who currently support U.S. policy of preemptive strike, etc., abroad were confronted with the possibility that their own children or grandchildren might NOT HAVE A SAY about whether to fight, many might have a change of mind. Currently, of course, our soldiers are in the armed forced by choice.
Choice should continue to be part of the process. These and other issues of national policy should always be open to discussion and debate. We should never stop asking questions, never stop exploring all the issues, political and military, that set the course of humanity's future.
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