Will There Be a Draft? Young People Worry After Military Strike

The New York Times (01/05/2020)
  • The recent US drone strike in Iraq that killed Iran’s top commander (Qasem Soleimani) sparked worries on social media that a US-Iran War (“WWIII” trending) would necessitate a US military draft.
  • In the US, 18-25 year old men must register for the Selective Service; most register when getting a driver’s license or applying for college financial aid.
  • However, there hasn’t been a US military draft since 1973 (Vietnam War backlash).
  • To reinstate the draft, Congress would need to pass a new law.