Concern about a possible reinstatement of the draft have recently reached me on two different, unconnected vectors, prompting me to wonder what was behind the sudden upsurge in attention to this rumor. This article on factcheck.org sugests a possible answer – apparently there’s a chain email circulating, spreading fear about a new draft. The article is the best I’ve yet seen summarizing the issue and debunking it. In particular, it appears to clear up some questions I hadn’t seen addressed about recent actions by the Selective Service System.
The short version, if you have seen one of these emails and are concerned about a new draft, is that it is a false rumor. It’s not going to happen, not in the foreseeable future, anyway. For more, follow the link above.