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US military drafts 14,000 dead people


Posted on Saturday, 12 July, 2014 | Comment icon 25 comments

Many of the recipients were deceased WW1 veterans. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gerrit
A computer error lead to thousands of conscription letters being mailed out to men born in the 1800s.
The error, which was related to the Y2K bug, saw thousands of conscription letters being sent out from the US Selective Service System to the families of men who had died several decades ago.

The letters insisted that the men register for the US military or face a hefty fine and imprisonment. Shocked relatives, such as 73-year-old Chuck Huey whose grandfather had died in 1995 at the age of 100, couldn't believe their eyes when the letters arrived.

"It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn't sign up for the draft board," he said. "We were just totally dumbfounded."

The error was eventually traced to the Pennsylvania department of transportation where a clerk had failed to enter a century during a transfer of more than 400,000 records, prompting the system to identify 27,218 men born in the 1800s who it deemed to be applicable for a conscription notice.

"Selective Service regrets any inconvenience caused the families of these men and assures them that the error has been corrected and no action is required on their part," the service wrote on its website.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (25)

Tags: Military, Conscription


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by and then on 13 July, 2014, 2:24
Which isn't what the OP states. It says "attempts to draft" doesn't it now?
Comment icon #17 Posted by rufo32 on 13 July, 2014, 5:02
The Zombie apocalypse must be starting and the government plans to draft their own army of Zombies.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mr. ET on 13 July, 2014, 19:29
Aww to late for the necromancy joke.lol
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker on 14 July, 2014, 1:58
QUICK!! Call Gandalf!! (Hobbit 3 movie plug)
Comment icon #20 Posted by toyomotor on 14 July, 2014, 2:44
That you know of. It could be a carefully guarded secret-who knows?
Comment icon #21 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 14 July, 2014, 13:13
Comment icon #22 Posted by Calibeliever on 14 July, 2014, 18:36
Hilarious
Comment icon #23 Posted by Silent Trinity on 15 July, 2014, 5:23
That is a funny glitch in the system... Almost as funny as a couple over here in England who were sent a notice from the local police saying they wanted to discuss an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) they wanted to impose on their child for bad behaviour.... Problem was there only child was still in the womb and would not be born for another few weeks.... Here is an artuicle on that anyway lol
Comment icon #24 Posted by maximusnow on 15 July, 2014, 18:57
Proof that the US government is building an army of the dead. Reminder, you must shoot them in the head. The Zombie apocalypse is real .
Comment icon #25 Posted by Calibeliever on 15 July, 2014, 19:00
14 years later and Y2K bugs are still popping up.


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