No the Army isn't drafting you via text message (U.S. Army Recruiting Command).

There may be no bigger troll than a fake text telling you you've been conscripted into the United States military, and according to U.S. Army Recruiting Command, texts saying exactly that have been fluttering around the country.

"We tried contacting you through mail several times and have had no response," read one of the text messages. "You've been marked eligible and must come to the nearest branch in Jacksonville Florida area for immediate departure to Iran … you'll be fined and sent to jail for minimum 6 years if no reply."

But fear not, citizen: You don't actually have to report for duty immediately or risk possible jail time.

USAREC assured citizens in a statement on Tuesday that the texts are fraudulent. The U.S. hasn't had a draft since 1973, and even if it did, the Selective Service system would initiate the draft, not the Army, the command explained.

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U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare for departure for the Middle East from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S. January 5, 2020. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)

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The 600 mostly young soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were headed for the Middle East, part of a group of some 3,500 U.S. paratroopers ordered to the region. Kuwait is the first stop for many. Their final destinations are classified.

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Army veteran Clarence Smoyer, the 'Hero of Cologne' who helped take the town of Cologne, Germany in March 1945 as tank gunner with the famous 'Eagle 7' M26 Pershing tank crew, finally received the Bronze Star nearly 75 years after his battlefield heroics.

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hree World War II heroes applaud as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Those three tough, 90-something World War II veterans sitting directly behind first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address Tuesday night embodied the spirit of commitment to a cause that President Donald Trump was trying to get across in his speech.

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Intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 9, 2018 (KCNA/Reuters)

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