HR 5741: National Service Bill Introduced by Charles Rangel
Rep. Charles Rangel Introduces H.R. 5741, aka "Slavery Bill"
House Resolution 5741, the Universal National Service Act, would require American adults aged 18-42 to spend two years performing "national service", and includes language that paves the way for the reintroduction of the draft. HR 5741 was introduced on July 15 by Charles Rangel (D-NY). (Full text of H.R. 5741)
This will be a very tough sell, considering that the US is involved in two separate military conflicts, neither of which has a coherent victory condition or exit strategy. In voting on this issue, Representatives should keep both ears on their constituencies, since HR 5741 is the sort of vote that can cost a politician his or her job if he or she misreads constituent opinion.
The blogosphere is in an uproar over the Universal National Service Act, calling it "the Slavery Bill", as it includes no language for any sort of compensation for these two years of service; this becomes important if the nation in question is going through a recession (which the US is at the moment).
The last time the USA had any sort of conscription or mandatory service was 1973, when Selective Service (aka "the draft") was discontinued.
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.
Countries which currently require some sort of national service (not always military) include:
- South Korea
France suspended peacetime conscription in 1996.