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article imageU.S. sends draft notices to men born in 1800s

By Karen Graham     Jul 11, 2014 in Odd News
If a government agency is going to make an error, they might as well make it a big one. That's just what happened when the Selective Service mailed out draft notices to 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893-1897 on June 30, ordering them to register.
No one at the agency noticed anything was wrong until telephone calls started coming in from perplexed relatives last week. A quick investigation traced the error back to a computer glitch originating with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles.
The problem started when the Motor Vehicles Department was making an automated transfer of almost 400,000 records to the Selective Service. Because the state uses a two-digit code to indicate the year, in this case, the year of birth, the records of men born between 1993 and 1997 were mixed in with the records of men born 100 years earlier.
Can you imagine the surprised on the faces of relatives when they received the letters? Someone figured out that the very youngest of the centenarians, if living, would be 117-years old today.
A Selective Service spokesman, Pat Schuback spoke with The Associated Press on Thursday. He said, “It’s never happened before," He went on to explain that the agency had identified 27,218 records of men born in the 1800s, and started sending out notices on June 30. By July 3, the calls started coming in, but by that time, 14,250 notices had been mailed.
Schuback apologized for the error, saying the families of the men who received the notices should just ignore them. Their files will be deactivated and they won't be receiving any further notices from the Selective Service.
Registering with the Selective Service is required by federal law for all men between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. This includes permanent residents (holders of Green Cards), refugees, asylum seekers, and illegal immigrants. I'll bet not too many people know that.
Another little known aspect of the Selective Service registration requirement is that it is now tied to receiving financial aid, federal grants and loans, certain government benefits and eligibility for most federal employment.
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