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foniks munkee
12-24-2002, 06:42 AM
Geez, I gotta say - Mr Bush is starting to scare me, I am ripe for drafting at 26 years of age. This situation (http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/east/12/24/nkorea.us.nukes/index.html) doesn't look real good.

Granted war is probably not going to be the likely outcome, but if the letter came, or they drew your number or however it works, would you go?

damonbrinkley
12-24-2002, 07:34 AM
Of course I'd go but I seriously doubt it would come to drafting because the Iraqi army is in serious disarray right now. If a war breaks out it will probably be over as quick as it was in the early 90s.

RoD
12-24-2002, 09:17 AM
Time to start mass filling college apps....

is it true that we no longer have to register? Thats what the post office's keep telling us around here, because i have been 18 for almost a month.

skipper
12-24-2002, 10:19 AM
My understanding is that 18-year-old's must still register with the Selective Service Commission (does it still go by that name?). My son did three years ago, anyway.

As to the original question? Yes, I'd go. Actually, "went" would be more appropriate in my case. Voluntarily.

If I had it to do over, would I go? I've asked myself that question for the last 27 years, but, yeah, I'd do it again. Not exactly the most fun-filled four years of my life, mind you, but I wouldn't trade them. :)

-Skipper

RoD
12-24-2002, 10:21 AM
hmm wonder why they keep telling me we don't have too. My dad says its cuz we live in an age where they alrdy know where and who you are, and that the only reason u had to reg to begin with was because they wanted to keep track on who was where.

Unregd
12-24-2002, 10:29 AM
Damonbrinkley, did you pull a Slashdot? The link was about North Korea and any possible U.S. inquiry into their nuclear arms program resulting in an "uncontrollable catastrophe." North Korea has one of the world's largest standing armies, and it would be crazy to fight two countries separately at the same time.

Eighteen-year-old males are still required to register with Selective Service before the third month after their eighteenth birthday. I got a notice from them reminding me to register; it states it's a federal felony punishable by large fines and imprisonment not to.

If it came down to the draft, there's no way I would join the military. I believe in peace, and, since I do not believe in an afterlife, dying while fighting in the military would be the easiest way to waste my life.

RoD
12-24-2002, 10:36 AM
ok so how do i register? I mean i thought post office but they keep telling me i can't cuz i don't have too...

foniks munkee
12-24-2002, 10:48 AM
Certainly things get a little more uncomfortable when one is fighting a war on more than one front - and the Korean army would be no push over. And you would have to wonder who else may take advantage of the situation should the resources of the US armed forces become overstretched.

I don't think I would go in a draft. I can't see the attraction in fighting in a jungle - or even a desert for that matter.

The reason I bring it up is that it has been mentioned recently in Australia, should we have to assist the US in any large scale operations, as an option.

*ClownPimp*
12-24-2002, 12:11 PM
for online registration:
http://www.sss.gov/

skipper
12-24-2002, 02:14 PM
>I can't see the attraction in fighting in a jungle - or even a desert for that matter.

There is no attraction to war. Period. Two childhood friends were killed in Viet Nam. A couple of more got shot up pretty good.

The politics of that conflict notwithstanding, everyone has to make up his/her mind as to what direction to take. You'll live with that decision for the remainder of your life. I wouldn't offer an opinion, one way or the other.

I read a story about an American businessman, working in London, who got into a conversation with a British colleague concerning Viet Nam. The American had bailed off to Canada to avoid the draft suggesting that there was no way he would go to war like so many other Americans did. His British friend looked at him, rather puzzled, and responded, "But, they were your mates."

Don't expect anyone out there to understand, but I found that rather revealing...and touching.

-Skipper

damonbrinkley
12-24-2002, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by Unregd
Damonbrinkley, did you pull a Slashdot? The link was about North Korea and any possible U.S. inquiry into their nuclear arms program resulting in an "uncontrollable catastrophe." North Korea has one of the world's largest standing armies, and it would be crazy to fight two countries separately at the same time.


Ah, sorry about that. I didn't check the link and assumed you were talking about Iraq......everyone else is these days :)

My answer is still the same....I'd go and every American should be proud of their country and be willing to go to war for it.

RoD
12-24-2002, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by *ClownPimp*
for online registration:
http://www.sss.gov/

thnx man.

BMJ
12-24-2002, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by Ride -or- Die
thnx man. This is what happened to me. http://www.dcwatch.com/council14/14-253.htm

joshdick
12-24-2002, 07:15 PM
I'm not entirely sure what I would do if I was drafted. I guess it would depend upon the war. If I thought that my country was justified, I might show up for duty and hope that my knowledge would mean that I could be a techie kind of guy rather than a foot soldier. If I thought that the war should not be fought, then I would be a concientious objector. In that case if I had no other choice, I'd flee the country. I would never kill unless I felt it was absolutely necessary. My morals come before my country.

face_master
12-24-2002, 07:45 PM
I plan on going into the army after my degree at the Australian Defense force Academy. (gonna take it as soon as I leave school)

TechWins
12-25-2002, 12:16 AM
Yes, I would fight in the war if it came down to a draft. In fact if it weren't for my interests elsewhere in life I would surely join the military after high school. Maybe if my interests dwindle I might wind up joining the military instead.