No, you are not being drafted by text message

While the U.S. government has been expanding its digital footprint in recent years, as of yet there is no program to draft soldiers for Selective Service by text message. Nevertheless, with the recent rise in tension between Iran and the United States thousands of people across the country have received text messages threatening them with “up to 6 years in prison” if they do not report to their local recruiting office for “immediate departure to Iran.” These are not real. If you have received one, please ignore it. Nobody knows exactly who is doing this or why, as they are not asking for money, but the US military is investigating.


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