Monday, July 28, 2008

Another Year Older

Yup, I'm 34 today. According to a report I heard on the radio this morning, I'm only a year away from not being required to keep a copy of my Selective Service registration. Which made me wonder: why do I have to keep a copy of my Selective Service registration? I didn't know I was supposed to keep it on me, or if I did, I had long since forgotten about it.

I vaguely remember registering. I was 18, and didn't know I had to register until I started college. I remember getting my proof of registration in the mail. It had a little perforated rectangle in it that you could punch out and put in your wallet. While I still have my voter registration card in my wallet, which I obtained a month later, I don't keep my Selective Service card in there, anymore.

The selective service spent around $25 million dollars last year. There is no military draft in the USA. It was eliminated in 1975. There hasn't been a person drafted into military service in the US since the early 1970s. If a war broke out that threatened the national security of the country enough to require military conscription, it wouldn't take long to register every eligible male. Why, then, do we keep up a bloated agency who's sole purpose was to provide a service that hasn't been used in over 20 years? We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars flushed down the toilet to keep up a list of names that have never been used.

I just went to the website. I took a second and verified my registration. You can request a written proof of registration, if you need it. I know I still have that little punch-out card somewhere. If you want to verify your registration, you can go here. How typical is this of our government to provide 24 hour access information that is totally irrelevant at a cost of $25 million a year?

So kids, don't forget to register on your 18th birthday. Oh, yeah... if you don't register, you can be fined up to $250,000 and spend up to 5 years in the Federal Pen.
Happy Birthday.