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house Bill H.R. 748

Two Years of Mandatory Military or Civilian Service

Argument in favor

Would compel the American public to have a greater stake in the wars we fight as a nation. Integrates public service into every citizen's life.

Sandra's Opinion
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03/11/2016
I agree with the opinion stated above...it forces folks to have some training and therefore results in some productivity in their lives, all for the betterment of America's future.
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enm's Opinion
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03/05/2015
This country is free and I am proud of it, but too many people do absolutely nothing productive for themselves or society while living out selfish lives. Whether it be in the civilian world or in the military some form of public service creates skills and life lessons that cannot be understated.
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Argument opposed

Draft bill in disguise. 13th Amendment concerns. 2 year service is also subject to extension for a number of reasons, including “Such other grounds as the President may establish”.

Elinor's Opinion
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05/30/2015
How is "mandatory" civilian service not involuntary servitude? Mandatory military service for all is not any more unreasonable than it was during WWII.
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Alex's Opinion
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04/20/2017
Why would this even be considered? The draft is wrong, and this is just another form of it!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
    IntroducedFebruary 15th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 748?

Every person living in the U.S. (18 to 25) must perform 2 years national military or civilian service.  Service must be performed in a federal, state, or local government program or with a community-based agency or entity engaged in meeting human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 748

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information

Media:

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) Press Release 

Of Note: 

-Those performing uniformed service during a time of war would be called upon to help beef up the US military and meet strength end requirements. 

-This bill also amends the original Military Selective Service Act to authorize the military registration of females. 

AKA

Universal National Service Act

Official Title

To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or as civilian service in a Federal, State, or local government program or with a community-based agency or community-based entity, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.

    I agree with the opinion stated above...it forces folks to have some training and therefore results in some productivity in their lives, all for the betterment of America's future.
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    This country is free and I am proud of it, but too many people do absolutely nothing productive for themselves or society while living out selfish lives. Whether it be in the civilian world or in the military some form of public service creates skills and life lessons that cannot be understated.
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    How is "mandatory" civilian service not involuntary servitude? Mandatory military service for all is not any more unreasonable than it was during WWII.
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    Why would this even be considered? The draft is wrong, and this is just another form of it!
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    Mandatory national service can include serving in the military or participating in various volunteer services.
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    Hell yes, Need to teach the younger generation that their actions will have reactions weather good or bad so think before you act.
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