National Service Bill Not Likely to Pass

By: Aisha Greer
By: Aisha Greer

A bill called the Universal National Service Act of 2003 would mandate that people ages 18 to 26 serve a period of military or civilian service.

It is related to national defense and homeland security and has been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by New York Democrat, Rep. Charles Rangel and several other Democrats.

The information regarding the bill has also surfaced on the internet raising concerns for many.

Cong. Chip Pickering's press secretary, Brian Perry, said the bill will not get past the Republican leadership, which does not support it.

On the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Army recruiting command, local recruiter Dwyane Johnson said that recruitment numbers have been up and continue to be strong.

"For the last five years, we have made mission and we have continued to stay on track with our numbers," said Johnson. "As long as you have young men and women defending their country, it's going to continue to be successful."

A recent news release from the president's official Internet site states that President Bush is committed to keeping participation in the United States Armed Services voluntary.

The president's Cabinet has stated that a draft is not being considered.

President Bush has said he is confident in the current state of the military and has assured the nation that the all-volunteer military force is working well. For now, the Universal National Service Act that Mr. Rangel was trying to pass is being passed over.


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