YOUNG ALASKAN MALE'S ARE FEELING A DRAFT
where it couldn't get any chillier, it's suddenly got "drafty" for young Alaskan males between
the ages 18 and 25. Who says the Pentaloonies aren't really going to bring back the draft?
Don't think these young Alaskan men would agree with that, as it looks like they've been put
into the "system" early on for first pickings. wonder who of the Rethuglicans they pissed off?
repostings 4 u
ALASKAN'S FEELING A DRAFT
New law ties PFD to draft registry
SELECTIVE SERVICE: State will forward information to feds.
By SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News
(Published: December 27, 2003)
JUNEAU -- Alaska men between 18 and 25, stand at attention: Selective
Service registration will now be a requirement to get a Permanent Fund check.
Starting Jan. 1, state law will demand that Alaskans be listed with federal
Selective Service to get the dividend. The state plans to forward
information from the dividend applications to the federal government, which
will automatically register the eligible Alaska males who haven't already
Under federal law, men are supposed to register with the Selective Service
within 30 days of turning 18. Failure to register is technically punishable
by up to five years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000. But a lot
of people don't do it.
The state Legislature and the U.S. government wanted more Alaskans on the
list, which the military would use to draft troops. There hasn't been a
draft in the United States since 1973.
Members of the Alaska Libertarian Party argue that the state shouldn't be
aiding a federal effort to force Alaskans into the military.
"A lot of people aren't going to like it," predicted Alaska Libertarian
Party chair Scott Kohlhaas.
Word of the new requirement doesn't seem to have spread. Rob Hartley, a
guidance counselor at Dimond High School in Anchorage, said he hadn't heard
about it and doesn't think word has filtered down to the students either.
"No, I would seriously doubt that they know about that," Hartley said.
The Legislature passed the law two years ago. It also included
requirements, which went into effect in July, that Alaskans be registered
with the federal Selective Service in order to get a state job or a state
student loan. Then-state Rep. Lisa Murkowski, who is now a U.S. senator,
sponsored the bill.
In other states, federal officials have urged state legislators to make
Selective Service registration a requirement for getting a driver's
license. But they came up with a better idea in Alaska, said Debby
Bielanski, acting director of the regional Selective Service office in Denver.
"When they looked at Alaska, they felt the most efficient way to reach the
greatest number of people would be through tying compliance with Selective
Service to the Permanent Fund dividend," she said
Nearly every Alaskan applies for the annual dividend check. The state sent
out $1,107 checks to about 600,000 Alaskans this fall. That's about 94
percent of the population.
But when it comes to registering with the Selective Service, Alaska could
improve, according to federal officials.
In Alaska, 76 percent of 18-year-old men registered last year, according to
the Selective Service. Men are supposed to remain registered until they
turn 26 years old.
Eighty-eight percent of Alaska males had registered prior to their 26th
birthday. Some states, such as Arkansas and Delaware, report almost perfect
Alaska might get close by tying it to the dividend, according to Selective
Here is how it will work: There will be a new line on this spring's
dividend applications that reads: "by submitting the application I am
consenting to register with the U.S. Selective Service system if required
by law." The state will then pass on information to the Selective Service
for automatic registration.
"It's going to be very straightforward and easy," said Sharon Barton, state
The bill unanimously passed the Legislature in 2002. Murkowski, the
sponsor, said at the time that some Alaskans might not realize there is a
"This is particularly timely in view of the attack on America on September
11th and the resurgence of patriotism and service to protect our freedom
and way of life in our country," Murkowski wrote in her sponsor statement
for the bill.
Kohlhaas, the Libertarian, said he talked to lawyers in hopes of blocking
Murkowski's law but hasn't found effective grounds for a legal challenge.
He said he is opposed to the idea of a draft registration in general.
"Because we are Libertarians and Libertarians believe that you own your
life. It's a life ownership issue," Kohlhaas said.
Kohlhaas is trying to go after the draft at the ballot box. He and others
collected the 6,352 signatures needed to get an anti-draft citizen's
initiative placed on the Anchorage citywide ballot for the April municipal
The initative, if passed by Anchorage voters, would create a task force "to
study the effects of making residents of the Municipality of Anchorage
exempt from registration with the Selective Service System and how that may
best be accomplished, and to issue a report on its findings and conclusions."
Mayor Mark Begich would have to write Selective Service officials and
advise them that Anchorage wants its citizens exempt from registration
until the task force report is done.
Reporter Sean Cockerham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence
from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own
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