After news broke on Thursday night that U.S. air strikes had killed Iran’s top military commander General Qassem Soleimani, many Americans became concerned about the serious impact this action may have, which could likely lead our country into war.
On Saturday, it was reported that the Selective Service website was crashed by people worried about being drafted into war. According to The New York Times:
‘Interest was so high that it apparently crashed the website for the Selective Service System, the independent government agency that maintains a database of Americans eligible for a potential draft.’
The agency tweeted:
‘Due to the spread of misinformation, our website is experiencing high traffic volumes at this time. We appreciate your patience.’
The Selective Service Agency has attempted to clarify the likelihood of a draft. According to The Times:
‘All men from 18 to 25 years old are required to register with the Selective Service System. Many young men check a box to register when getting a driver’s license. Others sign up when applying for federal student aid to attend college.’
The agency went on to further explain that just because you have registered for the draft, doesn’t mean you will necessarily be drafted. Dr. Mittelstadt said:
‘Right now, registering for selective service really means nothing about the likelihood of you serving in the current military.’
Joe Heck, the chairman of the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service said:
‘Registration is ongoing. A draft would require an act of Congress.’
Young men who do not register for the draft can be subject to lifetime penalties.
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