Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Inquiring minds want to know how to avoid the draft

If you click on a Google search result, Google passes the text you originally entered in the search box through to the search result Web site. The same is true of most other search engines. Marketers use this data to analyze what queries bring visitors to their Web sites, but educational, political, informational, and personal Web site operators can also make use of this information to understand what visitors are looking for.

I don’t often see lists of search engine queries posted publicly, but I find them an interesting window into what’s on people’s minds.

My interests aren’t easily pigeonholed. I write and have written — many of the pages on my Web site that people most often get to from search engines were written many years ago — about several topics that aren’t obviously related. Depending on what I’ve been up to, or what’s been in the news, I might get a lot of visitors looking for information about what to do if an airline goes bankrupt, what foreign languages are most useful for world travel, how to tell if your passport has an RFID chip (if it’s a currently valid US passport, it does), the reality-TV show The Amazing Race, or self-determinationn and human rights in Kashmir.

I have pages consistently in the top search results for each of these. What varies from month to month is which questions netizens are asking.

This month, for example, I’ve gotten about a thousand visitors to a section of my site that normally gets only a few dozen visitors a month, because it includes some archived documentation, apparently not available anywhere else, about the obscure and abandoned “SavaJe” Java-based alternative operating system for the Psion netBook, an ahead-of-its time but also long since abandoned 1990s mobile computer with both a touchscreen and a keyboard. The SavaJe OS, and what devices it ran on, became an issue last week in the trial of a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by Oracle against Google.

Questions about Selective Service and draft registration are a perennial source of traffic to my site. This month, with Congress debating whether to extend draft registration to women or end it entirely, questions about how to avoid the draft have brought more searchers to my site than queries on all other topics put together.

Some of these queries appear to be from parents concerned about their children. Others appear to be from students looking for answers to homework questions, writing papers, or preparing for debates. But most of these queries appear to be from draft-age young people wanting to know what will happen to them if they don’t register for the draft or don’t go into the military if they are drafted.

Notably, very few of them are asking whether, or why, they should or shouldn’t support the draft or draft registration. If someone wants to enlist, I might try to talk them out of it. But I’ve never seen any point to trying to convince anyone not to want to be drafted. Nobody wants to be drafted. By definition, the government only needs to draft you if you haven’t chosen to enlist.

The queries that bring people to my Web site bear this out. People aren’t asking about my beliefs or opinions about the draft or war, or for counseling or advice about their own beliefs. Nor are they asking for reasons why they might or might not want to register for, or submit to, the draft. It appears that most of them already know they don’t want to go into the military and don’t want to register. They want factual information about whether threats of prosecutions for failure to regiser are credible (no — enforcement of draft registration was abandoned in 1988), what will happen to them if they don’t register (lifetime ineligibility for some government programs if they turn 26 without ever having registered), and how they can avoid being drafted if they did register (move without telling the Selective Service System your new address, or organize to end draft registration and abolish the Selective Service System).

Although I have a page on my site that shows up on the first page of results for a search on “conscientious objection and draft registration”, it gets relatively little traffic. Regardless of what choices anyone else may think young people should make, “conscientious objection” is not the option they are looking for help with. That makes sense to me: Most people who don’t want to be drafted aren’t what I would call conscientious objectors (I’m not one myself), don’t think of themselves as conscientious objectors (I don’t either), and — most importantly — don’t fit the government’s definition of eligibility for classification as a CO and assignment to yet-to-be-determined but involuntary alternative service, even if they want to and would be willing and able to jump through all the hoops to qualify (I wouldn’t).

Make of it what you will, by far the most common word used in these queries about the draft is “avoid”. Not “resist”, “evade”, or “dodge”. And people see through the euphemisms: Far more queries are about “the draft” than “Selective Service”.

But you can draw your own conclusions. Here are some of the search engine queries that have brought visitors to my Web site this month:

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2016 does my 20 year old have to sign for selective service
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what are people called if they got drafted and they didnt want to
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who isn t eligible for a u.s. military draft.
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people who dont want to go to war are called
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Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 12:25 (12:25 PM)

I never registered for the draft, and never thought that I had to. In response to your recent postings
on the subject, I investigated and discovered that the draft was ended in 1975 by President Ford. Five
years later, President Carter re-instated the draft with a partial retroactive registration requirement.
The result was that men born between March 29, 1957, and December 31, 1959 were completely exempt
from ever having to register for Selective Service. My birthdate falls within those dates.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mouse, 12 June 2016, 09:59 ( 9:59 AM)

@Anon Y. Mouse -- There's more on the history of draft registration, including the hiatus from 1975 to 1980 and the reinstatement of draft registration in 1980, at:

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 12 June 2016, 10:13 (10:13 AM)
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