In addition to sparking global tensions, Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Al-Quds Brigades, has provoked an unexpected reaction in the U.S. : the collapse of the U.S. Military Service Registry website. The site’s collapse was not due to the u.S. public’s eagerness to join the military, but to fears that they would be forced into military recruitment if the U.S. and Iran went to war.
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Journalists . . . Anjing
The Website of the U.S. Military Service System was not opened after the January 3 air strike. By January 5, the site was back to normal, but the page opened slowly.
“There has been a surge in visits to our website due to the spread of fake news,” the military service registration bureau explained in a Post-twitter post. In another tweet, the Military Service Registration Service noted that in the event of a national emergency requiring conscription, Congress and the president would first need to approve the bill, and that the Registration Office is currently operating only as a rule.
The Military Service Registration Service is an independent agency of the Federal Government that registers the number and contact information of persons who can perform military service in the country.
Under U.S. law, all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 25, regardless of where they reside, and all male immigrants living in the United States in that age group, regardless of whether or not they have immigration-related documents, must be registered with the U.S. Military Service within 30 days of reaching the age of 18. The latest age limit for late registration is 26. Once the information provided on the registration card changes, such as the address, the registrant must notify the Military Service Registration Office within 10 days.
People who do not register under the law face a range of penalties, including not receiving federal aid and not being able to work for the federal government. Most young Americans are registered with the Military Service Registry when they apply for a driver’s license or college aid.
However, registration with the Military Service Registration Office does not mean automatic recruitment. Only after Congress and the president approve conscription will registered young people be recruited into the military based on random selection or the year of birth.
The first U.S. conscription was during the Civil War, and later during the Vietnam War, when the conscription was strongly opposed by the public, and the U.S. has not conscripted since 1973.
But Friday’s U.S. action against Iran raised concerns about a war with Iran. Young people registered with the Military Service Registration Office flocked to the registration office’s website to try to find out if they would be recruited into the armed forces.
One user even posted a “solution” on Twitter: block the US military Twitter account and “if they can’t see you, they can’t recruit you.”
In response to the young people’s concerns, the U.S. media immediately issued an explanation, pointing out that the Current U.S. military is currently in a voluntary system of enlistment, even if the war with Iran, is 1.3 million active soldiers to fight.
In addition to the young, Democratic members of Congress have also expressed concern about the targeted airstrikes ordered by President Trump, accusing the Trump administration of not consulting Congress before doing so.
The White House did not formally notify Congress of Friday’s airstrikes Saturday night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the White House’s approach raises “serious and urgent lying questions” about key issues such as the “timing, manner and justification” of the Trump administration’s military action.
After Mr. Trump tweeted a warning of a strike on 52 locations in Iran, Warren, a Democrat and presidential candidate, took to Twitter to call on Mr. Trump, accusing him of threatening to “commit war crimes” and “we are not at war with Iran, and the American people don’t want to go to war with Iran.”
Biden, a former vice president and presidential candidate, echoed that sentiment, saying that “no president has the right to bring the United States into war without the consent of the American people.”
The U.S. allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have called on the U.S. and Iran to exercise restraint.