Jan 08, 2020 7:48 PM

U.S. Army warns of draft-by-text hoax

Posted Jan 08, 2020 7:48 PM

U.S. Army Recruiting Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — A number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army.

The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service.

 "The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page.  “In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft."

The draft has not been in effect since 1973. The military has been an all-volunteer force since that time. Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist a person into the military.

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Corps trying to make more space for Missouri River runoff

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Despite more than doubling releases from its reservoir system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still doesn't expect to eliminate all the leftover water from last year's near record runoff that led to massive Missouri River flooding.

The Corps had been discharging about twice the normal winter amount from Gavins Point Dam - the southernmost in the six-dam system. The Corps said it was raising the discharge this month to 30,000 cubic feet (849.5 cubic meters) per second, an increase of more than 11%.

Until a seasonal decrease that began in November, the amount being released had been 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cubic meters) per second for months, also more than twice the average.

Areas along the Missouri River and its tributaries in parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri were ravaged by floodwaters in the early spring. Heavy rains later in the year reflooded many areas that had been left unprotected because of levee failures.

John Remus, chief of the Corps' Missouri River management, told the Omaha World-Herald the reservoir system needs to make as much space as possible in light of the National Weather Service forecast for warmer than normal weather and higher than normal runoff in January and February.

The Corps normally doesn't release more during the winter because of the potential for ice jams and dams upriver, Remus told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Once the river freezes over it essentially becomes a pipe, Remus said, limiting its capacity.

If you increase the releases and "burst the pipe you're dealing with ice jams and possibly ice dams" that cause flooding nearby, he said. "Our ability to release water goes practically to zero until that ice gets moved out somehow."

He cited for example a temporary cutback in the release at North Dakota's Garrison Reservoir last week because of river ice conditions to the south, near Bismarck.

The Corps will keep a wary eye on the ice and river flow upstream and raise the Gavins Point and other releases if it can, Remus said.

The Corps estimates 2020 runoff will reach 36.3 million acre-feet (44.8 cubic kilometers), ninth highest out of 122 years. The highest year was 2011 with 61 million acre-feet (75.2 cubic kilometers), followed by 2019, with 60.9 million acre-feet (75.1 cubic kilometers).