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Y2K bug causes military call-up for dead Americans

Date bug leads to conscription notices being issued for men born in 1890s

Y2K bug causes military call-up for dead Americans
An error with a date bug caused the call up of 14,000 men who would all be over 100 years old in the US.

A Y2K-like date bug has caused conscription papers to be issued for 14,000 dead men in Pennsylvania.

Orders for the men, born between 1893 and 1897, to report for military service were sent out to relatives and descendants.

The issue was caused during a a project to transfer records at the state's Department of Transportation. A clerk at the PDT failed to select a century during the transfer of 400,000 records to the Selective Service, producing 1990s records for men born a century earlier.

Although the US has not drafted men for military service since the 1960s, it is still a legal requirement for all men in the US to register with the Selective Service System, which manages the draft if required.

Families of the men called up were concerned that the conscription notices threatened fines or even imprisonment if the draftee failed to report for duty. A spokesman for the Selective Service said that the notices could be safely ignored.

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