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05/21/04

Teens React to Proposed Draft Reinstatement

With so many troops already deployed in the Middle East, the question on many people's minds now is, will the draft be reinstated? There is a bill in Congress right now proposing to bring back the draft.

If Senate Bill 89 passes, area teens may be going from the classroom to a war zone. WTOC spoke with some high school seniors today about that possibility. Most of them aren't exactly thrilled about the idea of being forced to go to war, but many of them said if their nation called, they would answer.

"I'm not a fighter, I don't like war, I just don't like war," said Groves High senior Andrea Bowles. "Basically I don't want to do it, but if I have to I will."

Senate Bill 89 was introduced in January of last year. It's designed to require that all young persons in the United States perform a period of military service in national defense and homeland security.

Groves senior Kenneth Clark says he wouldn't go willingly. "II wouldn't fight, I would work for the mail service or something like that. I'm not for the guns and violence," he told us. "I would probably run away or something."

Classmate Eric Fogan said, "It would interfere with my plans, but if I had to, I would go."

We spoke to Congressman Jack Kingston's office today on the issue. They told us that if the bill does pass, it would likely take several years.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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