According to opencongress.org, It was introduced on July 15th by Charles Rangel D-NY. You know what to do.
The defining paragraph reads,
‘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.’
It does exactly that, and then goes on to state that,
‘It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this title unless exempted under the provisions of this title.’
The exceptions include things like,
‘(1) extreme hardship’ under the deferments section; and
‘(4) Such other grounds as the President may establish.’ under the Early Termination section.
The bill gets eve more interesting for conscientious objectors.
‘(b) Alternative Noncombatant or Civilian Service- A person who claims exemption from combatant training and service under subsection (a) and whose claim is sustained by the local board shall–
(1) be assigned to noncombatant service (as defined by the President), if the person is inducted into the uniformed services; or
(2) be ordered by the local board, if found to be conscientiously opposed to participation in such noncombatant service, to perform national civilian service for the period specified in section 104(a) and subject to such regulations as the President may prescribe.’
Section 201 allows the drafting and induction of females as well. Women are now fully included in not only war, but any non-combat or civilian role that the president deems necessary. Morale, for example. The powers granted by this bill are vague enough that anything goes.
Typical of a politician like Rangel.
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