"Uncle Sam needs your help again"

Federal Register: November 4, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 213)

Computer Matching Between the Selective Service System and the Department of Education

Section 484(n) of the HEA [20 U.S.C. 1091(n)], requires the Secretary to conduct data base matches with SSS, using common demographic data elements, to enforce the Selective Service registration provisions of the Military Selective Service Act

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And Canada may no longer be a haven for draft dodgers

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era remember. College and Canada will no longer be options. In December 2001, Canada and the US signed a “Smart Border Declaration,” which could be used to contain would-be draft dodgers.

The declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a “pre-clearance agreement” of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminate higher education as a shelter.

Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

The title of this post comes from “Fixin’ To Die” by Country Joe and the Fish, the anthem of the Vietnam war protests.

Come on all you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
He’s got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books
And pick up a gun
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun

And in 2004, it’s the same old song, different war.