draft the geeks?

Move Over Doctor Draft, Meet the Geek Draft. Well, there’s no danger of this before the election… ‘Special skills draft’ on drawing board / Computer experts, foreign language specialists lead list of military’s needs The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages. The Selective Service System 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. Richard Flahavan, a spokesman for the Selective Service System, said planning for a possible draft of linguists and computer experts had begun last fall after Pentagon personnel officials said the military needed more people with skills in those areas. Spotted via Brian Leiter… [Discourse.net]

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