As of now, there's no clue as to who is behind these messages, but some of them apparently threatened the recipient that they would be sent to jail if they didn't comply with it.
It looks like there's someone or a group of people who have taken advantage of political uncertainty to induce panic among U.S. citizens by sending random claiming to be from the U.S. Army saying that recipients have been drafted to head over to Iran. The hoax messages are being circulated because of the alleged "world war 3" between America and Iran after the US recently killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, via a missile strike.
Many people have considered this as a dangerous provocation from the U.S., and they believe this could be a major conflict between the two powers. It's so bad that the U.S. Army's Recruiting Command had to make an official statement warning people about the fraudulent messages being sent out to unsuspecting victims. It reads: "U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army."
They need to bring back the draft I think it's time for it.— 🇺🇸Republican Robert🇺🇸 (@BoDrake3) January 8, 2020
The American public is in a state of fear right now because they have no idea how the drafting is going to affect them. However, the U.S. hasn’t had a draft since 1973, but even then, it would still be unsettling to receive a message ordering you to “come to the nearest branch” for “immediate departure to Iran.” According to Newsweek, the fake texts have been sent to people in several states, and the messages are mostly identical. It seems that the messages have made reference to both real and fake military leaders.
The U.S. Army does not control the draft. Per the @SSS_gov, the agency that oversees Selective Service system, in the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to enact a draft.— U.S. Army Recruiting (@usarec) January 7, 2020
Officials are yet to discover who is really behind the messages. "The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service," added the official website. "The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page.
Telling us Iraq would be a picnic or look like a picnic she was wrong because it’ll be the same thing with Iran these people will bow down surrender because they are so demoralized the military is they are forced to do what they do— TONY (@TONY73922959) January 8, 2020
“In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft." Also, in some cases, the recipient of the message was reportedly threatened to be sent to jail if they did not respond to it. Apparently, people in Canada have gotten the message too, and if this doesn't raise suspicion, then I have no idea what will.
My friend got one of these... We're in Canada pic.twitter.com/PHL6WQA28D— Ranson (@Ranson112) January 8, 2020