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House committee votes to end draft registration

In a move that could signal the end of an era, the House Appropriations Committee voted to shut down the Selective Service System and, with it, registration for a future military draft.

The committee slashed the agency's budget from $28.6-million to $5-million in the next year, leaving it just enough funds to terminate operations. The action came as lawmakers approved the fiscal 1994 appropriations bill for Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and independent agencies such as Selective Service.

Young men would no longer be required to register for the draft when they turn 18, if the bill becomes law.

Former President Jimmy Carter reinstated registration in 1980 during the hostage crisis in Iran, and the agency grew.

Under current law, men must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Men are dropped from the rolls when they turn 26.

Selective Service maintains a computerized registry of about 14-million names of men between the ages of 18 and 26.

The agency has 267 full-time civilian employees in addition to about 20 military officers on active duty and 600 military reserve officers.