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the charlotte observer pentagon plans draft of medics selective service wants doctors, nurses ready in event of worst case crisis mark libbon newhouse news service washington - the... Read More

  1. by   Zee_RN
    I had not heard of this either. But it is notable that is not NEW; the idea was conceived in 1987.

    I'd certainly hope that it would not come to selective service. I'd know I'd WANT to volunteer. In reality, I'd probably be scared stupid. My prayers are for resolution and protection in these terrible times.

    And Tweety, I got you beat....I'll be too old in six months.
  2. by   AHarri66
    Originally posted by sjoe
    AH writes: "I'd rather make that decision for myself, than have Big Brother propel me at gunpoint."

    Of course you would "rather" do that. The very reason to have a draft in the first place! [/B]
    Really? I for one do NOT support slavery of any kind, including that which is government sanctioned. The Draft is Constitutionally ILLEGAL...we are supposed to have a military based on VOLUNTEERS.

    And, I take exception to your assumption that I would "rather," insinuating that I "wouldn't." As I mentioned earlier, in case you missed it, I was prepared to go to NYC but was TOLD to stay home. If there were a situation in which I could help, I would be there...But under duress??

    Yes, the article is somewhat dated, and the plan is old, but the pertinent question is: Has any of you heard of it before? I know I hadn't. Why not? Between my husband and myself we keep pretty well abreast of current policy, it surprised me to find this.

    And, with government policy the way it is, who knows what would be considered an "overwhelming" situation. For what it's worth, it scares me to think of it.
    Last edit by AHarri66 on Jul 26, '03
  3. by   roxannekkb
    The article is incorrect in saying that this is the first time that a draft would include women. In 1945, a bill passed both the House and Senate authorizing a draft for female nurses. Yes, little known to all except history buffs like me, but President Roosevelt spoke about it in his state of the union address in 1945. And then the bill was written up and passed. The only thing which prevented nurses from being drafted was Germany's surrender in April 1945.

    So this has happened before, folks. But then, WW II was on a scale far greater than anything experienced before or since. There were millions of wounded. The military was overwhelmed, even with its massive campaigns to train nurses.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    As I would fail the Physical, I should not worry.

    But it should be covered in Nursing school or licensure that the government can/may do this in time of crisis. They did at my school.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Being as my husband is currently on active duty and I did 10 years of active duty service myself, (plus 3 years on inactive ready reserve duty), I had my bags packed a total of 13 years. So I would fight being drafted myself tooth and nail. I have a family to take care of and no one else to do so in the event my husband and I were BOTH deployed . That was why I seperated in the first place. I DID MY TIME, my husband is doing his; I believe it's time for someone else to do theirs.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 26, '03
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    For the first time I'm actually glad I'm turning 45 soon......Seriously, this was the first I'd heard of such a contingency plan, and though I personally would never pass the physical, I can't even imagine being forced to go through it in the first place. I'm not going to lose any sleep over this one, folks, even though Dubya is doing his damndest to use the military every possible place he can. Of course, World War III isn't just an abstract concept with a president who deliberately pisses off other countries' leaders, but if it ever came to that I'd probably volunteer in some capacity anyway, if only to help care for those injured on the front lines. I may not like or approve of the current leadership, but I love my country......enough to give her my 17-year-old daughter, who's in a delayed-entry program which will enable her to graduate from high school before going on active duty in the Army next summer. I actually had to sign a piece of paper allowing her to enlist, and believe me, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I prayed I was doing the right thing. And yes, I admit praying for a "regime change" to take place here at home before her career as a soldier begins in earnest. Even before the lies about WMD were exposed, I believed the Iraq war was more about revenge than anything else, and nothing that's happened since it supposedly ended has changed my mind about Bush OR his war. Now, having withdrawn his sword from one enemy, he looks to plunge it into the heart of yet another foreign "oppressor". My question is, is there anyone out there who can rescue us from HIM?
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I can't go into the service. I'm afraid of needles.
    Oh, I can give them til the cows come home but I sure do hate to be on the recieving end.
    I thought the war was over. Whats all this talk anyway?
  8. by   renerian
    Shoot. I missed the age part. Sorry.

  9. by   barefootlady
    Too old to go! This is the government we are talking about, they can change to age limit anytime they want. Glad I could not pass a physical. Will be doing my part here at home for several more years, God willing.
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by jemb
    The article said only health care workers between ages 20 and 44.
    WHEW!!! Thank you Lord! I am safe at last!!!
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes

    they can always slip the age requirements to suit needs, folks. unless you have health reasons that would disqualify you, you are not guaranteed safe. I worked with reservists well in their 50s during Gulf War I.

    The U.S. Gov't reserves the right to screw us anyhow they see fit.
  12. by   Lalage
    There is a similar plan starting in Ontario. Since our recent SARS episodes, the RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) and the Ontario government are starting a pool of nurses who will be called on when extra health care professionals are needed. They state that this is voluntary and in the event that this pool is needed, there will be ample time for the volunteers to settle personal business and be compensated for relocation/travel costs. Sounds better than drafting!
  13. by   live4today
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes

    The U.S. Gov't reserves the right to screw us anyhow they see fit.
    Hmmmmmmm....sounds much like Admin eh? :chuckle :roll :chuckle