ERIC Number: ED172622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reinstate the Draft? Target Report No. 15.
Orleans, Bill, Comp.
Position papers collected by the United States Student Association (USSA) outlining objections to the reimposition of a selective service draft are presented. The USSA believes that a draft is unnecessary because: total active military strength is maintained even when voluntary enlistment falls short of its goal; it would increase military costs; the all-volunteer force attracts more intelligent recruits; and it would not solve the problem of racism in the Armed Forces. The USSA also suggests that compulsory registration violates privacy and constitutional rights and that support for the draft is based on inaccurate projection figures. Supporting materials from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors, and the Agency for Military and Draft Counseling are included. An overview of Congressional opinions and legislation pertaining to the draft are presented. Activities that can be undertaken by student governments and student groups to counter Congressional moves to reinstate the draft are provided, including petitioning, writing editorials, and contributing to radio talk shows. Names and addresses of contact people and organizations are also provided, as is a publications order list. (BH)
Descriptors: Activism, Armed Forces, Directories, Enlisted Personnel, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Employees, Legislators, Lobbying, Military Personnel, Military Service, National Defense, Opinions, Policy, Political Issues, Politics, Position Papers, Student Attitudes, Student Organizations, Student Publications, Volunteers
U.S. Student Association, Suite 300, 1028 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Student Association, Washington, DC.