Thursday, 25 April 2019

My testimony to the National Commission on Military Service

Flyer for hearings on Selective Service

I've been invited to testify as part of a panel of expert witnesses at a hearing on the the military draft and the Selective Service System, including whether draft registration should be ended entirely or extended to women as well as men, on Thursday morning, 25 April 2019, before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service in Washington, DC.

These hearings are the most important public discussion of the issue of military conscription in the USA in more than 30 years. So far as I know, the last time a draft resister was invited to tell the Federal government what they thought should be done about the Selective Service System was in 1972 when David Harris was invited to testify before a Senate committee considering an amnesty for some (but not all) draft law violators, an event he described in his book, Our War.

Read on for links to my testimony and more about these hearings.

There will be four panels of invited witnesses over the two days of hearings on Wednesday and Thursday, April 24-25. I'm on the panel for the morning session of testimony and questioning by the members of the Commission from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 25th. The hearings are being held in the Peikoff Alumni House at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., but they have no particular relationship to Gallaudet and I haven't heard that anyone affiliated in any way with Gallaudet has been invited to testify.

Some time will be available for testimony by members of the public following the prepared statements and questioning of each panel. If you want to testify, be sure to arrive before the start of the session and ask for a ticket to testify at the check-in table when you arrive.

If you can't be in Washington, DC, on April 24th or 25th, you can submit written comments through the end of 2019 using this form or by e-mail to "" (mentioning "Docket No. 05-2018-01" in the subject line of your e-mail message), and sign this petition to end draft registration".

(I'm publishing this article in advance, and will update it as the witness list, transcript, and archived video of the hearing are posted.)

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