Some people call it slavery, other people “mandatory service.” Whatever your take, bill H.R. 5741 is currently being debated in the House of Representatives, and if you are between the ages of 18-42, could directly impact your life for two years.
The Daily Contributor reports that the bill would require for people between the ages of 18-42 to give two years of mandatory service to the government, “either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security.” (You can read the bill H.R. 5741 in its entirety here.)
The bill was introduced by Charles Rangel, who is currently under an ethics investigation, and has no co-sponsor.
Similar bills have gone before the house before. H.R. 1444 aimed to promote volunteerism. Rahm Emanuel also outlined a similar plan, but Emanuel’s plan required three months of compulsory service from 18-25 year olds.
It isn’t likely that the bill passes through the house, but in uncertain times and depression like conditions, I suppose its possible.