Craig A. Rimmerman, professor of political science, was quoted on a possible military draft for the article “Talk of war spurs talk of draft” in the Feb. 10 RochesterDemocrat and Chronicle .
“A renewed draft might open the doors of the military to gays and lesbians, as well as open debates about war, said Rimmerman. “The draft is the most viable option.”
Rimmerman is the editor of “Gay Rights, Military Wrongs” (Garland Publishing, 1996), a collection of essays on homosexuals in the military.
According to the article, nationwide, local draft boards are scrambling to fill their ranks as preparations for war advance and a national debate over the draft is renewed. The draft ended in 1973, but the mechanisms to revive it in case of national emergency — including draft boards — were reinstated in 1980. Men are still required to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthdays.