14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

Recipients almost certainly all dead; the youngest would be turning 117 this year
Associated Press
Jul 11, 2014

No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.

It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is "punishable by a fine and imprisonment."

The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.

Chuck Huey, 73, of Kingston, said he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100.

"I said, 'Geez, what the hell is this about?' It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn't sign up for the draft board," he said. "We were just totally dumbfounded."

Huey said he tried calling the Selective Service but couldn't get a live person on the line. That frustrated him even more because he wanted to make sure the agency knew there had been a mistake.

"You just never know. You don't want to mess around with the federal government," he said.

The glitch, it turns out, originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during a transfer of nearly 400,000 records to the Selective Service. A clerk working with the state's database failed to select the century, producing records for males born between 1993 and 1997 — and for those born a century earlier, PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said Thursday.

"We made a mistake, a quite serious selection error," McNight said.

The Selective Service didn't initially catch it because the state used a two-digit code to indicate year of birth, spokesman Pat Schuback said. The federal agency identified 27,218 records of men born in the 1800s, began mailing notices to them on June 30, and began receiving calls from family members on July 3. By that time, it had sent 14,250 notices in error.

"It's never happened before," Schuback said.

The men are almost certainly all dead, given that the youngest would be turning 117 this year. Families of those men who received the notices can simply ignore them, he said. Their files will be deactivated and they shouldn't receive additional communications from the Selective Service. The agency also posted a notice and an apology on its website Thursday.

The state Transportation Department, meanwhile, said it had taken steps to ensure its mistake won't be repeated.

"We're really sorry," McNight said. "We apologize."

 

Comments

O'Heritage

...and yet there are those who will trust these imbeciles with their healthcare.

ladydye_5

Well the same centenarians will probably be signed up for that too, all it takes is the push of ONE button.

jazzbo

"HELL NO , I WONT GO !!!"

OMG.LOL.WT_

Another Obama screwup

jazzbo

Another unfair and unbalanced person has spoken.

OMG.LOL.WT_

Well, Well, got a rise from a Faux news addict.

jazzbo

I despise Faux aka. Fox News.

Donegan

You seem to know everything they say and do on Fox so i would say it is safe to assume you watch it constantly.

jazzbo

That's one of your problems- you think you know.

tk

Read the article. Someone in Pennsylvania made a mistake. It had nothing to do with President Obama.

OMG.LOL.WT_

So what, blame him anyway.

gene44870

Everyone is missing the bigger picture . I wss understanding they did away with.thr draft . Now they have brought it back again . Makes me wander if. We are on the brink of another war . Look around you and if anyone is paying attention . We could be . Anx thats why they
Sent out notices . Look out people something is in the wind

The Big Dog's back

What's funny is when the Repubs were in charge (bush), they didn't take responsibility for anything. Nothing! Now that the Black man is in the White's house, you want to blame him for everything.

wasthere

I love reading your posts bigdog. I had no idea anyone could be that delusional.

jazzbo

Love the way wasthere jumps in from time to time with the insults. You shouldn't be threatened because people have thoughts and express them. Instead of all the name calling, shouldn't you be on the porch waiting for you monthly check?

wasthere

A repeat from the original porch monkey.

freespeech1

Race card, Its what libs use when they have no facts, or anything intelligent to say. Dog the beepers going off, fries are done.

Darwin's choice

It's from drinking out of obama's urinal.....daily!

obama/failing

The Big Dog's back

So what have bush or you right wingnuts taken responsibility for? The Iraq war? Oh he!! no. The collapse of the economy? NO! NADA, NOTHING.

Donegan

So you are no better than Republicans, Thanks for clearing that up hypocrite.

mikeylikesit

hey! he's half white! it's racist that you refuse to recognize that!

SamAdams

Oh, please. Obama, much as I loathe all that he is and does, had absolutely nothing to do with this. What IS germane is the fact that government is far, far too large, convoluted, complex, and totalitarian. Sure, Obama's all for big government and that's a bad thing. But most presidents since the early 1900's haven't been a whole lot different where "government is the answer for everything" is concerned.

Shrink government, shrink the mistakes. Shrink government, shrink the deficit. Shrink government, shrink the myriad problems it causes. Shrink government, shrink infringements of liberty. Are you beginning to sense some kind of a common thread (and threat) here?

OMG.LOL.WT_

I think some need a shrink.