US Army Issues Statement On Draft Notice Scam Text Messages And Phone Calls
If you or anyone you know have received a text message claiming that you are eligible to be drafted into military service and must report to the nearest recruiting station, the U.S. Army says it’s most likely a scam.
“A number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week,” reads a press release from the U.S. Army Recruitment Command.
“U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army,” the statement continues.
In fact, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command is not responsible for issuing draft alerts. Instead, the Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, manages registration for the nation’s draft system.
“The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page. “In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft.”
The U.S. Army Cadet Command confirmed in a tweet that the Army is not currently contacting anyone regarding the draft.
Fact check: a number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week. Do not be scammed, the U.S. Army is not contacting anyone regarding the draft. https://t.co/nzUJX96aoT
— Army ROTC (@ArmyROTC) January 8, 2020
“The draft has not been in effect since 1973. The military has been an all-volunteer force since that time,” the Recruitment Command concluded. “Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist a person into the military.”