GOP Lawmaker Wants to Stop Draft Registration

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It's a legal requirement in the United States for young men to register with the Selective Service System when they turn 18, even though there hasn't been a draft in this country since the Vietnam War era. The Army Times reports Republican Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado is asking the House Armed Services Committee to shut the agency down. Coffman believes keeping the 70-year-old agency open when there is no draft is an expensive exercise in futility. Coffman is a veteran of both the Army and the Marines.

Perhaps this won't come as a shock, but a spokesman for the Selective Service System tells the Army Times that the agency is still quite necessary. Dan Amon says getting rid of the agency...

The annual budget of the Selective Service System is roughly $24 million.