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    From,  re: age and the lottery
    The lottery would establish the priority of call based on the birth dates of registrants. The first men drafted would be those turning age 20 during the calendar year of the lottery. For example, if a draft were held in 1998, those men born in 1978 would be considered first. If a young man turns 21 in the year of the draft, he would be in the second priority, in turning 22 he would be in the third priority, and so forth until the year in which he turns 26 at which time he is over the age of liability. Younger men would not be called in that year until men in the 20-25 age group are called.

    Again from, re: types of classification categories

    The following classification categories would be available under present operating procedures:

    -- Conscientious objectors perform service to the nation in a manner consistent with their moral, ethical or religious opposition to participation in war in any form. Depending upon the nature of his beliefs, a conscientious objector serves either in a noncombatant capacity in the armed forces or in a civilian job contributing to the national interest.
    -- Surviving sons or brothers in a family where the parent or sibling died as a result of U.S. military service, or is in a captured or missing in action status, are exempt from service in peacetime.
    -- Hardship deferments are available for men whose induction would result in hardship to persons who depend upon them for support.
    -- Members of Reserve components (including the National Guard and advanced level ROTC cadets who have already signed a Reserve contract) are eligible for a separate classification and perform their military service in the National Guard or the Reserves.
    -- Ministers are exempted from service.
    -- Ministerial students are deferred from service until they complete their studies.
    -- Certain elected officials are exempt from service as long as they continue to hold office.
    -- Veterans generally are exempt from service in peacetime.
    -- Aliens and dual nationals in some cases may be exempt from U.S. military service depending upon their place of residence and country of citizenship.

    •  Problems I see with that list... (none)
      the National Guard is already in Iraq. And the resolution by Congress allowing Bush to start this war was basically a blank check to go anywhere, do anything, as long as he declared that it contributed to winning the war in Iraq. So your "peacetime" clauses don't apply.

      He's already got the OK to go into Syria or Iran, folks.

    •  Clergy exemption (none)

      -- Ministers are exempted from service.
      -- Ministerial students are deferred from service until they complete their studies.

      It looks like the Roman Catholic Church's priest shortage will be solved...the seminary appears to be an excellent draft shelter.  

      To the theocrats out there:  when your churches pay taxes and your young ministers and seminarians have to choose between CO status and joining the Army like the rest of us, come back to me about writing God into the Constitution.  

      •  Mail order clergy? (none)
        If you get an ordination certificate and card from some mail-order or internet 'church', will that count? I know lots of people who are now 'ministers' because they wanted to do a marriage ceremony for friends. I used to have one myself, from the "Church of Gospel Ministry" in Chula Vista, California. If I recall correctly, it was advertised in Rolling Stone magazine.

        But I still got a card and certificate that identified me as 'reverend'. And the ID card passed muster to get me into a dorm at an all-girls Catholic school. But that's another story.

        Seems this route might be a good one to take, but I don't know what the law reads.

        "Don't play the rumba, and don't play the samba, 'cause papa loves mambo tonight!"

        by Chilufya on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 07:07:39 AM PDT

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