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"Special skills draft" in the offing?

"The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages," reported the March 13 San Francisco Chronicle. "The Selective Service System [SSS] has begun the process of creating the procedures and policies to conduct such a targeted draft in case military officials ask Congress to authorize it and the lawmakers agree to such a request."

According to SSS spokesman Richard Flahavan, targeted conscription "is strictly in the planning stage. We want to gear up and make sure we are capable of providing [those types of draftees] since that's the more likely need" than a full-fledged general draft.
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Title Annotation:Insider Report
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 5, 2004
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