US Army Recruiting Command Warns Of Fraudulent Draft Text Messages
The United States Army Recruiting Command has issued an alert to the public about a fraudulent text message being sent to individuals stating that they have been selected for a military draft.
The alert reads as follows:
"A number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week.
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 decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service.
"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 draft has not been in effect since 1973. The military has been an all-volunteer force since that time. Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist a person into the military.
Army recruiting operations are proceeding as normal.
For information about volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army, please contact a local Army recruiting office."
Increasing tension across the world will likely continue and being aware of the military's policies regarding recruiting will help to avoid being caught by scammers looking to provoke public panic.