U.S. Army Sends Out Draft Notices To Men Born In 1800s, Threatens With Fines And Imprisonment

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I’m assuming that most of these men probably fought so well in World War I that the U.S. Army decided they needed to sign up for the draft again. I don’t blame ‘em. We kicked the Germans’ asses. Back to back World War champs, you fucking krauts. In what has to be one of the craziest mixups in recent history, the Selective Service System notified thousands of men born in the 1800s that they need to register for the military draft, or else they’ll be punished.

From US News:

It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.”

Yeah, good luck collecting on that fine. How did the Selective Service manage to screw the pooch on this one? Turns out, it wasn’t even their fault. It was the DMV’s.

The glitch originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles during an automated data transfer of nearly 400,000 records to the Selective Service. The records of males born between 1993 and 1997 were mixed with those of men born a century earlier, Selective Service spokesman Pat Schuback told The Associated Press on Thursday. The federal agency didn’t know it because the state uses a two-digit code to indicate year of birth.

One more reason to hate the fucking DMV. They can’t do anything right–they’re almost as useless as the pledges.

[via US News]

  1. AA is for quitters

    I’ve been waiting 14 years now for Y2K to fuck things up, and frankly, this is a little underwhelming.

    10 years ago at 1:45 pm
  2. Makers__Mark

    So, that means 14,000 men from Pennsylvania between ages 16 and 21 were just drafted….?

    10 years ago at 1:54 pm
    1. USArmy

      No, they were told to sign up for Selective Service. Look, I’m active duty and even I think the draft is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. Coming from a squad leader, DO NOT give me a Soldier who doesn’t want to be there. Give me a squad of sharp Soldiers who want to be in the shitstorm.

      10 years ago at 2:01 pm
  3. JudgeFraterson

    Jimmy Cater is probably in his backyard doing a fucking cart wheel right now. Obama is running away with the title of Worst President in the history of US.

    10 years ago at 2:04 pm
  4. bromoneybroproblems

    The Selective Service is apparently that house who will give a bid to anyone with a heartbeat…or without

    10 years ago at 2:09 pm
  5. The Fratty Pilot

    Its Kind of hard to believe there is more then 14,000 men in Pennsylvania that are 117 to 121 years old. But I’m already 6 beers deep

    10 years ago at 9:32 am