What is the draft? And can it ever be reinstated? Here's what to know

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  • World leaders warn Russia’s invasion into Ukraine could spark WWIII.
  • Congress could reinstate the draft, but only in the event of a national emergency.
  • Currently, only men ages 18-25 are eligible to be drafted.

When Russia launched a military invasion into Ukraine early Thursday, some, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, drew comparisons with Germany’s invasion into neighboring countries during the Nazi era of World War II.

“Russia treacherously attacked our state in the morning, as Nazi Germany did in 2#WW years. As of today, our countries are on different sides of world history,” Zelenskyy tweeted Thursday.

Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said Russia’s actions could even spark another world war. 

“It could be the start of a third world war. We should realize it, because Putin will not stop,” Honcharuk said.

Amid talk of a wider war, as well as news that Zelenskyy has called up reservists and those liable for service for a full military mobilization, questions about the U.S. draft process have emerged. Could the government ever reinstate the draft? Who can be drafted and why? Here’s what to know.


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