From GWB's Hometown newspaper, remember folks this is a test only a test.. and if it becomes reality to find enough troops to staff this war, then maybe middle america will realize that this is about kids dying not video games or investments in companies that make weapons of war. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4419980.html WASHINGTON รขโฌโ The Selective Service System is planning a test run of the military draft machinery for the first time since 1998. As part of the exercise, the agency is expected to conduct a mock draft and convene an "appeals board" to handle draftees who claim status as conscientious objectors. The test announcement comes as President Bush and Congress take up plans to expand the overall size of the Army and Marine Corps and train thousands more additional forces. Both services have been stretched thin by extended deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, though President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have said they oppose bringing back the draft. Meanwhile, the secretary for Veterans Affairs said Thursday that "society would benefit" if the U.S. were to bring back the draft and that it shouldn't have any loopholes. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson later issued a statement saying he does not support reinstituting a draft. The draft ended in 1973 as the American commitment in Vietnam waned, beginning the era of the all-volunteer force. Registration for the draft was suspended in 1975 but was resumed in 1980 by President Carter after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. About 13.5 million men, ages 18 to 25, currently are registered with the agency. The Arlington, Va.-based Selective Service System updated guidance manuals for local draft boards and appeals boards around the country. The agency now is exploring public service options for any draftees who would claim conscientious objector status. The agency has opened discussions with the U.S. Public Health Service, the Corporation for Community and National Service and religious and charitable organizations with the goal of finding non-military positions for conscientious objectors.