May 07, 2005

That Uncle Sam. Always Thinkin'.

I'm writing a shrort story set in the 70s and I wanted to confirm a minor detail about the draft back then. My attempts to do so led me to the Selective Service website and their FAQ---an acronym which, I fell compelled to mention, stands for "Frequently Asked Questions"---which contains this fascinating tidbit:

How does the Military Selective Service Act apply to individuals who have had a sex change?

Individuals who are born female and have a sex change are not required to register. U.S. citizens or immigrants who are born male and have a sex change are still required to register. In the event of a resumption of the draft, males who have had a sex change can file a claim for an exemption from military service if they receive an order to report for examination or induction.

Somebody, somewhere, deep within the bowels of the government, had to give a fair bit of thought to this issue. It would greatly amuse me to see the flurry of memos which resulted in that particular policy revision, and to read the dates at the top...

Posted by Diablevert at May 7, 2005 10:05 PM

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