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A “Special Skills Draft” is being considered by the US Department of Defense, targeting geeks & linguists. The Pentagon apparently noticed that the military is lacking in staff with high-level computer and language skills (hmmm, I wonder why) and wants that to change. The answer? Not training folks already in the military. Not beefing up recruiting efforts. “Let’s do a draft! But, not just a general draft. Let’s go find smart people with computer and language skills, and force them into miltiary service.” Well, hell.

“Warning to Geeks & Linguists–Move to Canada!”

  1. ed Says:

    I wonder if they’ll let people telecommute, or if they’ll try to outsource this stuff to India too :-)

  2. Eli Says:

    I wonder if enscripted(?) personnel will be subject to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and other fratenization restrictions. Because given how many GLBT and poly geeks I know in the Bay Area … it would be a revolving door.

  3. aethele Says:

    ‘Special skills draft’ on drawing board / Computer experts, foreign language specialists lead list of military’s needs

    Via Libriarian in Black ‘Special skills draft’ on drawing board / Computer experts, foreign language specialists lead list of military’s needs The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in…

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