#1 U.S. Government Sends 14,000 Draft Notices to Men Born in the 1800's by conservgramma 11.07.2014 10:20

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No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.

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."

The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.

Chuck Huey, 73, of Kingston, said he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100.

"I said, `Geez, what the hell is this about?' It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn't sign up for the draft board," he said. "We were just totally dumbfounded."

Huey said he tried calling the Selective Service but couldn't get a live person on the line. That frustrated him even more because he wanted to make sure the agency knew there had been a mistake.

"You just never know. You don't want to mess around with the federal government," he said.

The glitch, it turns out, originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during a transfer of nearly 400,000 records to the Selective Service. A clerk working with the state's database failed to select the century, producing records for males born between 1993 and 1997 - and for those born a century earlier, PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said Thursday.



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#2 RE: U.S. Government Sends 14,000 Draft Notices to Men Born in the 1800's by algernonpj 11.07.2014 10:59

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Actually the names came off the current voter registry in Pennsylvania.

#3 RE: U.S. Government Sends 14,000 Draft Notices to Men Born in the 1800's by Cincinnatus 11.07.2014 14:05

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Hey, I have a great idea. Let's put these people in charge of our health care.

#4 RE: U.S. Government Sends 14,000 Draft Notices to Men Born in the 1800's by Frank Cannon 11.07.2014 14:17

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I was curious what the budget was for SS when the old timer complained there were no live people to deal with the situation. $24+ million a year and increasing regularly. So where is this money going if there are no live people?

https://www.sss.gov/PDFs/FY%202013%20Bud...stification.PDF

#5 RE: U.S. Government Sends 14,000 Draft Notices to Men Born in the 1800's by algernonpj 11.07.2014 15:03

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Quote: Frank Cannon wrote in post #4
I was curious what the budget was for SS when the old timer complained there were no live people to deal with the situation. $24+ million a year and increasing regularly. So where is this money going if there are no live people?

https://www.sss.gov/PDFs/FY%202013%20Bud...stification.PDF

Thanks for the research and link.

Having skimmed through the pdf, the most tactful comment I an come up with is 'There's 130 people not on the unemployment rolls'.

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