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Feb 7, 2008 – I Don't Cry About The Draft, But I'll Refuse It Daniel Trickett wrote: Re: Women Are Mothers, Not Soldiers by Sarah Eve Nichols (May 31, 2004) The person that wrote... Read the rest


Opinion & Editorial NYR: When the Army Was Democratic
Jul 16, 2012 – At a recent event in Aspen, Colorado, General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of the international force in Afghanistan, said that the United States should go back to the draft in... Read the rest

The Week: America's jobs crisis: Is reviving the draft the answer?
Jul 12, 2012 – A New York Times writer sparks controversy by proposing an 18-month national service requirement that would put every young American to work. A New York Times writer proposes a co-ed... Read the rest

Policy Mic: Millennials Prepare For Battle: How War Profiteers Are Sneakily Pushing for a Military Draft
Jul 12, 2012 – Recently Thomas E. Ricks, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), authored an article entitled “Let's Draft Our Kids” in the New York Times that called for the military conscription... Read the rest

United Liberty: Bringing back the military draft is a terrible idea
Jul 12, 2012 – Perhaps one of my favorite Milton Friedman stories is when he was served on a presidential commission to look at military conscription. The Nobel Prize winning economist listened to General... Read the rest



Conscientious Objection Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Oh no! (for now)
Apr 11, 2011 – And now some disappointing news, friends, though accompanied by a little ray of hope. Judge Urbina has granted the SSS's motion to dismiss, though has done so without prejudice. So... Read the rest

Culture & Conflict Review: Muscular Nonviolence: People Powered Insurgencies Stage a Stunning Resurgence
Feb 17, 2011 – Beyond the Terror War: People Power Transforms – and Unsettles – the Middle East An unexpected wave of people-powered insurgencies, waged bravely by unarmed protesters against the many mightily-armed secular... Read the rest

Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Well, at least we're going somewhere --
Jul 30, 2010 – So, the SSS filed a motion to dismiss my case. This apparently signals the end of our talk of settlement, which is a little frustrating, but not really that unexpected.... Read the rest

CCW's Advice to Youth Facing Registration with Selective Service
Mar 1, 2010 – Before you Register: ⇒ Carefully read the information below ⇒ Consider all of your options All males residing in the United States are required to register for the draft during... Read the rest



Femmes Fatal: Women & The Draft Gender Discrimination in Selective Service Obligation
Mar 3, 2010 – Not everyone knows that even when no one is being drafted, men must register with Selective Service within a month of their 18th birthday. But not women. What is Selective... Read the rest

Obama believes women should register for draft
Oct 13, 2008 – Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama may not have drafted a woman to be his running mate, as his rival John McCain has, but he does believe that America's young women... Read the rest

Report: Candidates Diverge Over Whether to Extend Selective Service to Women
Oct 13, 2008 – While neither Barack Obama nor John McCain want to reinstate a military draft, the two candidates diverge over whether to include women as part of any future conscription efforts.  The... Read the rest

Candidates Differ on Female Draft
Oct 13, 2008 – Even as the U.S. confronts two long wars, neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama believes the country should take the politically perilous step of reviving the military draft.... Read the rest



Backdraft: Historical Perspectives on Conscription Romney's Last Stand
Feb 21, 2008 – When Mitt Romney withdrew from pursuit of the presidency, he inadvertently performed a great public service: His speech announcing the suspension of his campaign demonstrated a major problem with the... Read the rest

February 16, 1863: The U. S. Senate passes the Conscription Act
Feb 16, 2008 – Waterloo, Iowa -- On February 16, 1863, The U. S. Senate passes the Conscription Act, requiring all men between the ages of 20-45 to register to become eligible for a... Read the rest

Mike Gravel and the Draft
May 3, 2007 – In 1971, Alaska Senator Mike Gravel waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United... Read the rest

Conscription Never A Model Of Fairness
Aug 26, 2004 – Yale historian David Greenberg has written an incredibly interesting, and appropriately cynical, column about conscription in American history in the Christian Science Monitor. It's a must read for anyone worried... Read the rest



Poetic Justice: Arts & Entertainment About The Draft Sci-Fi Novel ‘Forever War’ Picked Up By 20th Century Fox Film: Anti-Draft Allegory Set Amidst Interstellar War
Oct 17, 2008 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation has acquired the rights to The Forever War, an award-winning 1974 novel by science fiction author and MIT writing professor Joe Haldeman. The film will... Read the rest

The Courage to Be a Conscientious Objector
Mar 1, 2008 – Nigel Jones reviews We Will Not Fight: The Untold Story of World War One's Conscientious Objectors by Will Ellsworth-Jones The critic Lytton Strachey had his smartarse answer ready when he... Read the rest

Day Zero: DVD Review
Feb 29, 2008 – Set in an America of the near future, Day Zero tells the story of lives changed by the reinstating of the draft for military service.  The war is still going... Read the rest

Day Zero: DVD Review
Feb 26, 2008 – It's a crying shame that such a worthwhile conversation-starter got turned into this dull, forced, formulaic, and shallow exercise in obviousness. Set in the near future where the state of... Read the rest



Global Perspectives: Conscription Around The World IRIN: Myanmar: No more child soldiers?
Jul 25, 2012 – KACHIN STATE, 25 July 2012 (IRIN) - A captured government soldier in a military compound in Kachin, Myanmar’s most northerly state, recalls the night his “tuk-tuk” three-wheeler taxi ran out... Read the rest

Another military exemption scandal unearthed at GATA
Oct 26, 2008 – The discovery of a network at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) that has been issuing fake health documents to individuals trying to evade military conscription has shaken the... Read the rest

Total Service Objectors Doubled During A Decade
Oct 24, 2008 – During the 1990s, the number of total objectors was 15 - 20 a year. Since the start of this decade, their numbers have expanded to 40 - 76 annually. The... Read the rest

Separatists launch conscription in Akhalgori, Perevi
Oct 20, 2008 – The Ossetian separatists have voiced their new plans for the occupied districts of Akhalgori and the village of Perevi, Sachkhere district. These are the areas, which the Russian occupants have... Read the rest



Underground Press: Books & Online Resources Vietnam War Conscientious Objector Author Republishes First Novel
Jan 22, 2005 – Robert W. Norris, a native Californian and Vietnam War conscientious objector (CO) now living in Japan, understands what many of the Iraq War generation are going through. Thirty-four years after... Read the rest

More information about the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme (TADP)
Jan 27, 2003 – Pierre Berton, 1967: The Last Good Year (Doubleday Canada, 1997) John Burns, "Deaf to the Draft: Called in U.S., But Asleep in Toronto," Toronto Globe & Mail (Oct. 11, 1967),... Read the rest

Wage Peace, Not War: Books on Peacemaking and Pacifism
Jan 27, 2003 – 1. Why I Am a Conscientious Objector by John M. Drescher Average Customer Review: Used & new from: $7.50 2. War, Peace and Nonresistance: A Classic Statement of a Mennonite... Read the rest

Resources available from the Center on Conscience & War
Jan 27, 2003 – Resources available from CCW include books, pamphlets, and videos on conscientious objection in the United States and related subjects. Items for sale are listed with a price; all other items... Read the rest



Uniform Perspectives: Military Views On Conscription Toldeo Blade: Despite war, neither candidate wants to revive draft
Oct 13, 2008 – Even as the U.S. confronts two long wars, neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama believes the country should take the politically perilous step of reviving the military draft.... Read the rest

Draft Not Needed Yet, Pace Tells Vets: But we need to keep an eye on it
Sep 6, 2007 – Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday that the United States shouldn't rule out bringing back the military draft, but recruiting is sufficient to... Read the rest

All-Volunteer Force Meets Nations Needs, Official Says: More educated, has a higher aptitude, and all of that means a higher performance and increased readiness
Aug 13, 2007 – WASHINGTON – The all-volunteer military force is serving the nation well, and no one in the Pentagon is considering a return to a military draft, a Defense Department official said... Read the rest

War Czar: "Makes Sense to Certainly Consider a Return to the Draft"
Aug 11, 2007 – Douglas Lute, Deputy National Security Adviser The new US presidential war adviser says that military action in Iraq and Afghanistan make clear the need for a military draft. "I think... Read the rest



Selective Service Information Selective Service Annual Report to Congress FY-2007
Dec 31, 2007 – View Selective Service's 2007 Annual Report to the Congress of the United States: >> View or Download the Report... Read the rest

Selective Service Publication "The Register - Summer 2007"
Aug 30, 2007 – View the Summer 2007 edition of Selective Service's "The Register." >> View or Download the Report... Read the rest

Chatfield Appointed 11th SSS Chief
Nov 29, 2004 – William A. Chatfield became the 11th Director of Selective Service on November 29, 2004, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He is... Read the rest

House Says No To Draft
Oct 5, 2004 – On October 5, 2004, the House of Representatives voted 402 to 2 to defeat H.R. 163, the bill cited as proof that the Selective Service was preparing to reinstate a... Read the rest



Reforming Selective Service Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Oh no! (for now)
Apr 11, 2011 – And now some disappointing news, friends, though accompanied by a little ray of hope. Judge Urbina has granted the SSS's motion to dismiss, though has done so without prejudice. So... Read the rest

Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Well, at least we're going somewhere --
Jul 30, 2010 – So, the SSS filed a motion to dismiss my case. This apparently signals the end of our talk of settlement, which is a little frustrating, but not really that unexpected.... Read the rest

CCW's Advice to Youth Facing Registration with Selective Service
Mar 1, 2010 – Before you Register: ⇒ Carefully read the information below ⇒ Consider all of your options All males residing in the United States are required to register for the draft during... Read the rest

Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Still Working On It!
Feb 11, 2010 – Until further notice, my lawyer and I are still in discussion with the Selective Service System and their legal help. (see preceding posts) I'm not supposed to talk about the... Read the rest



In The News In The News: StopTheDraft.com mentioned in new Counterpunch article by Tom Reeves
Mar 25, 2005 – Wow - we just read the coolest, most in-depth and thoughtfully analytical article about the coming draft in Counterpunch, written by Tom Reeves, himself a key figure in the anti-draft... Read the rest

In The News: StopTheDraft.com Mentioned In The Elmhurst Leader
Oct 12, 2004 – It's a magical time to be a college student these days. Homecoming is behind us, midterms are in front, the leaves are changing and the world is waiting to see... Read the rest

In The News: StopTheDraft.com Featured In The Washington Times
Sep 28, 2004 – Soon after being quoted in the Newark Star-Ledger, Seattle Times and Newhouse News Service, StopTheDraft.com was mentioned in the September 28th "Pruden On Politics" column by Washington Times editor-in-chief Wesley... Read the rest

In The News: StopTheDraft.com Featured In Newark Star-Ledger
Sep 27, 2004 – StopTheDraft.com was featured in a recent story on the role of the Internet in driving recent draft rumors, which have gained momentum in recent days as the Kerry campaign has... Read the rest



About StopTheDraft.com StopTheDraft.com Expands
Jan 1, 2003 – Can you feel a draft coming? We can, and it deeply worries us. With war drums beating and our military mobilizing for offensive operations against Iraq, we stand poised on... Read the rest

About the StopTheDraft Clock
Jan 1, 2001 – Last Updated: September 18, 2007. A small but not unimportant part of our website is the StopTheDraft clock. When we launched our site at the start of the 21st century -... Read the rest

About StopTheDraft.com
Jan 1, 2000 – Welcome to StopTheDraft.com! Can you feel a draft coming? We can. The world is barely into a new millennium, and it is already starting to spin out of control. We're... Read the rest

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• 7/25 IRIN: Myanmar: No more child soldiers?
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• 7/12 The Week: America's jobs crisis: Is reviving the draft the answer?
• 7/12 Policy Mic: Millennials Prepare For Battle: How War Profiteers Are Sneakily Pushing for a Military Draft
• 7/12 United Liberty: Bringing back the military draft is a terrible idea
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• 7/11 The National Interest: War Is Too Easy, but a Draft Is Not the Solution
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• 7/30 Register for Peace: The Long Way to Peace: Well, at least we're going somewhere --
• 3/3 Gender Discrimination in Selective Service Obligation
• 3/1 CCW's Advice to Youth Facing Registration with Selective Service
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