US Government Tells Thousands Of Dead Men To Register For The Draft

Thanks to a computer glitch, the Selective Service System recently reminded over 14,000 men born between the years of 1893 and 1897 to register for the draft. This was a silly thing to do since the youngest of these men is 117 years old and surely not battlefield-ready. America!

Starting on June 30, a “computer error” caused the government to start sending out these reminder letters to men in Pennsylvania. They were meant for men born between the years of 1993 and 1997, men who are now of fighting age. “It’s never happened before,” Selective Service spokesman Pat Shuback told the Associated Press.

The good news is that if you received one of these letters and happen to still be alive, you don’t have to do a thing. The government regrets the error. But as far as governmental computer glitches goes, it could’ve been worse. [Washington Post]