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Pennsylvania sends draft notices to men born in 1800s

 

Pennsylvania sends draft notices to men born in 1800s

Yikes! The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent notices out to 14,000 men born in the 1800s telling them they must register for the draft. From Reuters:

Jane Huey was surprised, to say the least, when a letter arrived at her Kingston, Pennsylvania, home urging Bert Huey to register to be drafted into the U.S. military.

Bert Huey had already served in World War One, which began 100 years ago this summer, and died in 1995. He was her husband’s grandfather.

“It is funny and kind of pathetic,” she said. “And the other thing is, we couldn’t get a hold of the darn draft board. We were afraid we’d be fined or something.”

The names of Bert Huey and more than 14,000 other Pennsylvania men born from 1893 to 1897 came up because of a computer coding error by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which shares information from driver’s license and vehicle registrations with Selective Service. That agency keeps track of men aged 18 to 25 and drafts men into service at times of war when a draft is ordered.

How comforting to know that the government won’t let a little thing like death stop them from harassing you.


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