US reminds 14,215 dead people that they need to register for the draft

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The US Selective Service recently mailed out 14,215 letters to men in Pennsylvania reminding them of their obligation to register for the draft. As The Washington Post notes, that’s nothing out of the ordinary. But in a truly bizarre twist, those notices were addressed to people born between 1893 and 1897 — all of whom are most certainly now dead. The “youngest” recipients would now be at least 117 years old, and no living person on Earth is known to be that age. The agency is chalking up the blunder to an error with its computer systems that occurred during “a routine automated data transfer between the State of Pennsylvania and Selective Service.”

Apparently the Selective Service uses just a two-digit code to identify someone’s birth…

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