Selective Service ready to bring back the draft
Stop the Draft before it starts:
On March 31, the Selective Service System will report to
President Bush that it is ready to implement a draft
within 75 days. We have to organize now to stop the draft
before it starts.
Despite what politicians say, there is a high probability
that the Bush Administration will attempt to reinstate the
The U.S. military is in a quagmire in Iraq, facing a
national popular uprising against the occupation. Soldiers
are dying every day. A report issued in January 2004 by
Jeffrey Record, a visiting professor at the Air War
College, said the Army is "near the breaking point." The
Pentagon has been forced to issue repeated "stop loss"
orders and recall soldiers who
had retired or otherwise returned to civilian life.
Out of 10 Army Divisions, part or all of 9 of them are
either deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Twenty-one out of
33 regular combat brigades are on active duty in Iraq,
Afghanistan, South Korea, or the Balkans. That's 63% of
the Army's combat strength. This means the Army is
extremely overextended. The Bush Administration has been
trying to fill the gap with Reserve and National Guard
troops, but this is a temporary fix at best. The head of
the Army Reserves has recently written a memo saying that
the readiness of his forces has been drastically reduced
through over-deployment and is "degenerating into a broken
Meanwhile, official U.S. foreign policy is now the
doctrine of "pre-emptive war" and "regime change" wherever
a leader runs afoul of U.S. corporate interests. An
invasion of Iran, Syria, Korea, or Cuba -- all of whom are
on Washington and Wall Street's list of targets -- would
require tens or hundreds of thousands of new soldiers.
Enlistment rates not even able to maintain current force
levels, much less provide troops for new invasions and
occupations. All four services missed their enlistment
quotas last year, and enlistments in the Reserves,
National Guard, and regular military are at a 30-year low.
Many current members of the armed forces plan to get out
as soon as their current enlistment ends. According to a
poll conducted by the military newspaper Stars & Stripes,
49% of soldiers stationed in Iraq do not plan to
The President has given the Selective Service System a set
of readiness goals to be implemented by March 31, 2005. As
part of these performance goals, the System must be ready
to be fully operational within 75 days. This means we can
look for the Draft to be in operation as early as June 15,
March 19 is the second anniversary of the war. On the
weekend of March 19-20, activists all over the globe will
take to the streets to demand and end to the war and
occupation. No Draft No Way will be mobilizing to take
part in these demonstrations, which will take place just a
few days before the Selective Service System reports to
President Bush that it is ready to go. We must be in the
streets to let them know that we oppose the draft and will
not be used as cannon fodder in Iraq or in any new war.
Let's Organize NOW to Stop the Draft:
1) Come to NYC for the March 19 Troops Out Now
demonstration. Join the No Draft No Way! contingent in
http://www.troopsoutnow.org. Or join the
march and rally in Fayetteville, NC, outside Fort
Bragg--for more information, see
2) Organize an anti-draft meeting at your school, church
or mosque, union hall, etc. Contact us at 212-633-6646 for
help and speakers.
3) Organize protests outside the selective service office
in your area.
4) Donate to help build a network of educators, activists,
and resisters to fight the draft--before it returns.
5) Sign the No Draft Petition.
Troops Out Now!
March on Central Park in NYC!
Regional Demonstrations Across the U.S. & Worldwide