Rumors, some documented by Nick Confessore, abound that the US government has advanced plans to reinstate the draft shortly after the November election. It's always good when our government does serious contingency planning — had they done more of it (and listened to those who did it) before the invasion of Iraq we might not be in this mess. And contingency plans don't always mean an actual policy. But these rumors suggest something beyond the ordinary 'maybe' scenarios. Plus, they fit in with the Army's obvious serious shortage of troops.
As a colleague of mine pointed out the other day — amidst a discussion of how to ensure that his draft-age son gets into the sort of unit that doesn't take casualties — the really weird thing is how little we've been hearing about this on campuses. It may be that the news happened to trickle out just as students were buckling down to exams (lucky accident or does Karl Rove still have some of the magic?), and now they are scattering to the four winds for the summer. If so, it could be a very noisy September.