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S. 1139: Selective Service Repeal Act of 2021

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Since the last draft was in 1973, has mandatory registration outlived its usefulness?


If the U.S. enters a war without enough active-duty troops available for the mission, the military turns to a draft, enacted by Congress and run through a government agency called the Selective Service. With only a few exceptions permitted, most American men are required to register for potential conscription upon turning 18.

Currently, the database of potential draftees aged 18 to 25 includes almost 17 million men. However, the last actual draft was in 1973, near the end of the Vietnam War. For almost half a century, the number of active-duty personnel — currently around 1.3 million — has sufficed for America’s military objectives.

With more than a million active-duty servicemembers and a shift …

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Apr 15, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Apr 15, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 15, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Abington Friends Meeting As a Society and a Monthly Meeting, we have been faithful throughout in maintaining a corporate witness against all war and violence. The Peace Testimony is probably the best known and best loved of the Quaker testimonies. Its roots lie in …


Apr 15, 2021

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S. 1139 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1139. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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