In an urgent news release on Tuesday, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command warned to not believe any text messages regarding the military draft. Throughout the country, individuals have been receiving these fraudulent messages. This comes among the emergency deployments of 3,500 paratroopers to Kuwait as tensions with Iran rise. The text messages seem believable, referencing actual recruiting battalions. As a result, the Army Recruiting Command received a load of emails and calls. The originator of these messages has not been identified. Chief spokeswoman, Lisa Ferguson, stated that everything has been forwarded to security personnel, and that they are looking into it.
The U.S. military has remained an all-volunteer force since the draft was abolished in 1973. Men, 18 and older, are required, however, to still register for the Selective Service. Registering is not the same thing as enlisting. If there were to be a draft, Selective Service would manage the process, not the Army. Before that would happen, the President and Congress would have to pass official legislation to authorize it.