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Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that compulsory military service is still legal and justified despite a considerably reduced security threat to this nation since the end of the Cold War. The Constitutional Court also rejected claims that the draft violates a citizen's right to equality under the law because only about one in five German men is compelled to perform the nine-month service after turning 18.
August 11, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan makes this the first presidential election in 80 years in which no one on either ticket has served in the military. The last time that happened was 1932, before the United States helped win World War II and became a military superpower. Despite the martial pageantry of Romney's introducing Ryan on Saturday aboard the battleship Wisconsin, the lack of a veteran in the race underscores the growing distance between today's all-volunteer military and the vast majority of society which lacks contact with it. Photos: Paul Ryan announced as Romney's running mate In 1932, John Nance Garner joined Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign against then-President Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis.
June 13, 1985
Saying "I believe that draft registration is still wrong," a 24-year-old former Yale philosophy student from Pasadena entered a guilty plea today in Los Angeles federal court for his failure to register for military service. David Alan Wayte said he changed his plea from innocent because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in March that upheld the government's former policy of prosecuting only those young men who publicized their refusal to register for the military draft.
August 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States may need to consider renewing the military draft, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, presidential coordinator for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in an interview on National Public Radio. "I think it makes sense to certainly consider it, and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table," Lute said in response to a question about whether a draft would make sense militarily. Still, a draft is "a national policy decision point that we have not yet reached," Lute said.
July 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. could not revive a military draft without requiring some sort of national service for other young adults, a vastly expensive undertaking, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) responded, "The answer is no," when asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" program if the U.S. would need conscripts to meet its military needs.
September 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush does not want Congress to bring back the military draft for his campaign against terrorism, his spokesman said. "There is no consideration of that at this time," White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said. "And from my conversations with the Pentagon, it's not something they anticipate." From 1948 until 1973, hundreds of thousands of men were drafted into the armed forces in times of war and peace.
August 27, 2003
So! After our heretofore decent Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested to the world that the United Nations could risk becoming "irrelevant" and was forced to sell his soul in front of a shrouded reproduction of Picasso's "Guernica," one of the greatest pleas for peace produced by the 20th century art world; after warmongering Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke confidently and lightly about American troops being "put in harm's way" (a trite...
June 14, 1985 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Saying he still believes the military draft is wrong, a 24-year-old former Yale University philosophy student from Whittier entered a guilty plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. in Los Angeles for his failure to register for military service. David Alan Wayte said he changed his plea from innocent because of a U.S.
September 10, 1985
David Alan Wayte, a 24-year-old former Yale philosophy student from Whittier, was sentenced today to six months of house arrest at his grandmother's home after he pleaded guilty to failing to register for the military draft. U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr., in one of the most unusual sentencings in recent memory, said it was one of the "most difficult in my 25 years as a judge." Wayte pleaded guilty after the U.S.
November 21, 2006 | From the Chicago Tribune
A prominent Democrat's call for reinstating a military draft got a cold reception Monday as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were quick to denounce any notion of a return to military conscription. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), who will become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, pledged on CBS' "Face the Nation" to introduce legislation that would reinstate conscription.
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