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House of Reps Passes Bill for Mandatory Military Registration of Young Men Between 18 and 26

by Erica Carlin

The House of Representatives has just passed a controversial bill that will require all young men between the ages of 18 and 26 to register with the Selective Service System for a possible military draft.

The amendment, known as H.R. 8070, was approved by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and is part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025.

The bill was approved in the House with a vote of 217 to 199.

Among the votes, 211 Republicans supported the measure, while Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Matt Rosendale (MT) voted no.

196 Democrats voted against the bill, with 6 breaking ranks to vote in favor. The legislation now advances to the Senate for further deliberation.

This new system of automatic draft registration would replace the current system, which has been in place since 1980 and allows young men to make their own decision about signing up for the draft.

Instead, information from other federal databases will be used to automatically register all draft-age male U.S. residents.

Supporters of this bill argue that it is necessary in order to maintain a strong and prepared military force.

Congressman John Smith, who introduced the amendment, stated, “In today’s world, we cannot afford to have any gaps in our military readiness. This bill ensures that we have a pool of potential draftees ready to serve if needed.”

However, critics of the bill are concerned about its potential impact on individual freedoms and rights.

Some argue that forcing young men into military service goes against the principles of freedom and liberty that America stands for.

The NDAA also featured the largest military pay raise in history. Read the press release below from Bill Huizenga (R-MI):

Today, the House passed H.R. 8070, the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025. This legislation is designed to enhance our national security and military readiness with a special focus on quality of life for our military community. H.R. 8070 authorizes a 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted servicemembers while providing a 4.5% pay raise for other service members. Importantly, this legislation includes three amendments from Congressman Huizenga that address NATO funding, arctic security, and mitigating American military data from being siphoned, exposed, or shared with Communist China. H.R. 8070 passed the House by a vote of 217-209.

“This legislation strengthens our military readiness and capabilities while improving housing, childcare, and the overall quality of life for the men and women serving in our Armed Forces,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “Importantly, this legislation takes steps to root out waste, saving taxpayers $30 billion by cutting inefficient programs, obsolete weapons systems, and unnecessary Pentagon bureaucracy. Additionally, this bill blocks the Biden Administration’s reduction in U.S. Special Forces while stopping the Biden Administration from transferring terrorists currently housed in Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the United States. Lastly, this legislation includes multiple amendments I have authored to enhance our national security and counter aggressive actions taken by Russia and China.”

This year’s House version of the NDAA included three amendments from Congressman Huizenga:

  • Expresses the sense of Congress that each NATO member state should commit, at a minimum, 2% of its GDP to defense spending to ensure NATO’s military readiness. In 2022, only 7 of the 31 NATO member states met their obligations. Now, nearly all NATO countries have a plan to reach the 2% goal, however, there are still some that remain delinquent. Those countries are Canada, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Spain, Belgium, and Luxembourg. There is the potential for this to be addressed at the upcoming NATO Summit held in Washington, D.C. next month.
  • Requires the Department of Defense to report to Congress building upon the restriction on DOD’s contact with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by detailing measures DOD is taking to mitigate the risk of the PLA gaining indirect knowledge of US Armed Forces’ equipment and operational tactics, techniques, and produces through interaction with the militaries of US allies and partners.
  • Requires a report to Congress on the military activities of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China in the Arctic Region. Additionally, the amendment requests detailed information on the Arctic Council as well as the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador-at-large for the Arctic Region and how the U.S. plans to engage with other Council members. Recently, the Arctic has seen an uptick in activity from both the Russians and the Chinese Communist Party. This amendment is designed to refocus the effort with our strategic partners and allies to prevent expansion of both China and Russia in the region.

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Gary122548 June 15, 2024 - 7:26 am

We are definitely gearing up for something. Need a good hot war to send young males to the slaughter. Great way to keep the population in check, don’t you think?

Old Patriot June 15, 2024 - 9:20 am

Every vote for that bill is a vote to force more young men to be injected with experimental shots.

Ron June 15, 2024 - 11:55 am

Does this include ILLEGALS and those that identify as a man????? If not then is should be declared racist and discriminatory!!!!!

AttilaTheHuh June 15, 2024 - 3:13 pm

I’m an old guy. My draft number was 220 for the Vietnam war. I had an economics class while I was in college. All of the guys in the class were subject to the draft and weren’t all that happy about it.

The professor performed a little experiment to demonstrate what the draft really is. Starting salaries for engineers were ~10K in the early 70’s. Plus we were in a recession at the time. He asked by show of hands how many would be willing to join the military for $5K and got no response. He upped it to $10K and got a few takers. He kept increasing the money until most of the class had their hands up. He said that the military could have all of the people it wanted if it just paid enough. The draft is about theft. The government is stealing a young man’s time, effort and willingness to risk his life for less than the man thinks it’s worth.

The draft is unethical and immoral and should never be considered unless the homeland is actually invaded. And it’s past time that women should be included in any draft.

Dave June 15, 2024 - 3:42 pm

How is that new?

Fed Up June 15, 2024 - 5:29 pm

I never thought I would live in a time where I would tell my kids to ditch the draft. No way would encourage them fight for a communist and nazi sympathising,government. They would just be encouraged to turn on their own family. When hell freezes over. Elected Republicans-wake up. I don’t trust oru government, I don’t trust the military. I don’t trust Ukraine, nor Russia. I don’t trust elitist. I don’t trust spineless Republicans.

CharlieSeattle June 15, 2024 - 5:33 pm

WTF is the declaration of war?

Ira A Lancon June 15, 2024 - 5:47 pm

What about women and non binary?

Alex June 15, 2024 - 7:28 pm

Have these Republicans lost their minds? Registering for a possible Draft and why only young men with the push these days for DEI.

Bubbelove June 16, 2024 - 10:14 am

I believe that young people should have to go into the service BEFORE college. They need maturity and understanding why and how to defend our country, as well as where all the countries in the world are! College is more of a playground, and it needs to stop.


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