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Tell Congress: End the Selective Service requirement for everyone!

No one should be required to register for the military draft and to participate in systems of war. But earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to expand the registration requirement for Selective Service to women. 

To learn more, read our explainer and watch our recent webinar.

Tell your legislators: It's time to end—not expand—the Selective Service System!  

 

1) Call your Senators and Representative today by contacting the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your Senators or your Representative.

2) When you are connected with their office, you can use the script below:

 

"Hello! My name is ______ and I’m a constituent from _____.  I was glad to hear that the Selective Service expansion to women was taken out of this year's defense policy bill, and urge you to take this further by supporting the Selective Service Repeal Act  [H.R. 2509 in the House, or S. 1139 in the Senate] a bipartisan bill that would end, rather than expand, the Selective Service registration requirement.

Most men in the U.S. are required to register for the draft, and face many extrajudicial financial, career, and immigration penalties if they don’t, despite the many reasons why someone might oppose participating in preparation for war. Few young men voluntarily comply with the requirement to register and even fewer inform the Selective Service System each time they move. A former director of the Selective Service System even testified that the registration list would be 'less than useless' for an actual draft.

Despite these problems, some members of Congress are proposing expanding this system to women. However, I don’t think this is the best way to achieve equality. Instead of expanding a burdensome system to women, we should end the Selective Service registration requirement for everyone.

Please tell the Senator to oppose efforts to expand the Selective Service, and to instead support the Selective Service Repeal Act to end compulsory draft registration for everyone. 

 

3) Call two times to be connected to each of your Senators, and once for your Representative. If you can't get through, consider looking up the number for your local office—usually found on the legislator's website.