VERIFY: Amid escalating tension and violence with Iran, could there be a draft?

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — The government agency in charge of instituting a United States military draft took to Twitter Saturday to explain why its website had been sporadically crashing since the day prior.

Blaming "the spread of misinformation," officials with the Selective Service System said the site had been experiencing "high traffic volumes" and assured users officials were conducting "business as usual."



The spike in searches came hours after it was announced Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, was killed in a U.S. drone strike at a Baghdad airport early Friday.

Despite the fact that no war had been declared, the phrase "World War III" quickly began trending on social media.

We wanted to Verify: Could there be a draft, and what would it take for it to happen?

Per the SSS, the re-authorization of a draft would require action from both the president and Congress.

If and when that happens, officials would then implement a "draft lottery" like they did during the Vietnam War.

The registry system for the lottery is always up to date.

Per federal law, men are required to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, and their name is kept in it until they're 25.

Men within that age range who have signed up for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, are automatically added to the list.

That agency also tweeted out the confusion Friday, assuring recipients they would not be prioritized in the event of a draft.


Beyond that, registration methods and effectiveness, though, vary from state to state.

In February, a federal judge ruled it was unconstitutional to only register men.

In the wake of that decision, the agency said they’d wait to start requiring women to register until they received an order from Congress or a court.

So, we can Verify: Yes, eventually there could be a draft, but that would take action from both the president and Congress. Also, state to state, it varies as to whether men between 18 and 25 would be eligible.

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