C-dub wrote:jmra wrote:What does this mean;
"(2) upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services;"
It means they can "regulate" who is in the military and who is not. Generally, I am not a conspiracy theorist, but this sounds a lot like something that happened in the 30's somewhere in Europe. Put the people you want in place in controlling positions of the military that think like you and get rid of those that will not do your bidding and not think for themselves.
The office of President carries with it the duties of Commander-in-Chief. So, technically, the President (any President) has the powers to "regulate" who is in the military and who isn't. Obviously, beyond a few top generals, there is no way the President, or even his immediate staff, can pick people for all the hundreds of thousands of positions in the Armed Services. That is delegated to the services themselves via chain-of-command, law, and regulation.
As everyone who reads my posts knows, I have exactly ZERO love in my heart for this administration, neither do I put it past them to do whatever dirty tricks they can to stay in office and run whatever schemes they've got in mind vis-a-vis their ideology. However, because I know there have been other similar executive orders such as this in the past (think Cold War days/nuclear war scenarios...I have seen fragmentary operations plans that dealt with little pieces of big pictures such as this EO does), I will reserve judgement on this one until someone with the proper "legalese" training has dissected it. I'd guess most of it is a rehashing of old stuff, but I'd also bet there are one or two tricks in it to aid supporters of the current administration.