“Special skills” draft on the drawing board

The [U.S.] government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages.

Apparently, there is already a special system to draft "health care personnel", whatever that means.

Can you imagine the havoc that could be wrought by disgruntled programmers forced to write code for the government?

So all I have to do now is volunteer at the local hospital and I'll have hit the conscription jackpot.

[Raymond is currently on vacation; this message was pre-recorded.]

Comments (5)
  1. asdf says:

    Good thing I have dual citizenship. I don’t want to write code in Ada all day.

  2. chewy says:

    Aren’t we lucky you aren’t that Robert Morris who brought down the Internet in 1989?

  3. Robert Morris says:

    Drat. I’m 17, and two of my favorite things are Spanish and computers. Will I be a bigger target because I fit *both* categories? :)

    (On the other side, I’m also partially colorblind…)

  4. Robert Morris says:

    Note to self: Don’t go into computer programming, but, if I do and ever start a company, don’t use my name…

  5. Peter Lund says:

    As long as your father isn’t NSA’s Chief Scientist you should be safe ;)

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