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NCFM PRESS RELEASE: NCFM wins Selective Service System case. Court rules requiring only men to register unconstitutional.

February 23, 2019
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NCFM PRESS RELEASE: WE WON!

The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) is pleased with the court’s decision in NCFM v. Selective Service. Forcing only males to register is an aspect of socially institutionalized  male disposability and helps reinforce the stereotypes that support discrimination against men in other areas such as child custody, divorce, criminal sentencing, paternity fraud, education, public benefits, domestic violence services, due process rights, genital autonomy, and more.

“Women are now allowed in combat, so this decision is long overdue,” said Marc Angelucci, attorney for NCFM.  “After decades of sex discrimination against men in the Selective Service, the courts have finally found it unconstitutional to force only men to register.  Even without a draft, men still face prison, fines, and denial of federal loans for not registering or for not updating the government of their whereabouts.  Since women will be required to register with the Selective Service, they should face the same repercussions as men for any noncompliance.”

You can read the decision here: 190224 SELECTIVE SERVICE DECISION full

Contact: Marc E. Angelucci, 626-319-3081

Marc E. Angelucci

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 6414
Crestline, CA 92325
Phone (626) 319-3081
Fax: (626) 236-4127
Marc.Angelucci@yahoo.com

NCFM PRESS RELEASE: NCFM wins Selective Service System case. Court rules requiring only men to register unconstitutional

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56 Responses to NCFM PRESS RELEASE: NCFM wins Selective Service System case. Court rules requiring only men to register unconstitutional.

  1. AJC on March 7, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    I agree with HQR3. This is a victory, however, but it will result in further discrimination against male service members under its rubric. Under this rubric men will become at best 2nd class military citizens (cannon fodder) just as the feminists would have us in society in general (who does the most undesirable, dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs in society in general – the “death professions”). Women need to be compelled into combat whether or not they like it, and so in equal numbers, the same as men are.

  2. HQR3 on March 1, 2019 at 5:42 AM

    [from 2/28/19]
    I would not be so celebratory just yet.

    Even should justice prevail, and women are required to be subject to the draft just as men are, this may become a pyrrhic victory at best. The goal of true equality should be women being drafted into combat. Otherwise, male draftees face a very unequal outcome. All or most of the noncombatant positions, the positions that proved soldiers with marketable skills in civilian life, will be filled by women, “freeing” male soldiers to become cannon fodder. Coupled with the educational disparity that now exists, one can foresee a workplace even more completely dominated by women in skilled employment. Add to that more PTSD-inflicted males vying for low-paying menial jobs.

    Of course, one doesn’t want to compromise the efficiency of the military by integrating physically less able women into the infantry. However, women can ably serve in sex-segregated units with a different albeit similar function. The men’s units could be the forward ones that take territory and directly confront the enemy; the women’s units, in larger numbers, could be used to hold the gains, occupiers.

    I’m no military expert, maybe my idea doesn’t make practical sense; but I do know that if drafting women doesn’t include combat, it will turn out worse for men. That wouldn’t be equality.

    • ken on March 3, 2019 at 7:15 PM

      Hi HQR3
      You’re spot on with your comment, I put a similar comment on a NCFM article about 3 years ago except I stopped at ‘safe’ jobs, I did not follow it through to your conclusion. You are right, legal, medical, administration, office work, cooking, data analysts together with logistics and stores, where men will be consigned to the grunt work on the loading dock will have more relevance in civilian life than knowing how to stand behind a machine gun killing people. However, the Selective Service Scheme is only a list, and it is the burdens and restrictions that are the issue.

      The answer maybe to leave it as it is and remove the female right to vote, that of course will also remove the obligation (burden) to serve on juries, the other marker for full citizenship.

      Somehow, I don’t think women will accept that, like they accepted the privilege of been exempted from the SSS.

    • AJC on March 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM

      I agree with HQR3. This is a victory and NCFM should feel good about it, but it will allow further discrimination against male service members, who already have sacraficed far more in defense of their country than females, under its rubric, and men, again, will become at best 2nd class military citizens (cannot fodder). Women need to be compelled into combat whether or not they like it, and so in equal numbers. If they are not “physically fit” for combat, they need to be beffed-up and then compelled.

  3. Tom on February 26, 2019 at 5:46 AM

    Kate, the response to Tammy above referencing misandry albeit exceptionally gentle, was true beyond description of what’s going on today. The “movement” is no longer looking to elevate women, instead, it seeks only to lower men. If a man drinks too much, he can very easily be arrested for a whole number charges. If a women drinks too much, well, she’s having a good time. If she has consentual sex, she can then say “I was under the influence so I was not responsible for my actions”….. the man is arrested. IF this made any sense at all, then why don’t women who get arrested for DWI just tell the judge that they’re “not responsible because I was drunk”. Well? The answer is embarrasingly simple……. there is no male interaction per se at her DWI trial. In other words, she is weaponized, her misandry is so intense that she WILL put the man in jail for consentual sex if one of her friends (who doesn’t have sex) tells her it’s “equality” to arrest men without cause. Look what happend to the Boy Scouts, there are ALL GIRL troops now!…. but it’s illegal for boys to join the Girl Scouts, neve mind have an all boy Girl Scout troop. Fairness? Equality? ha!

    • Kate J on March 1, 2019 at 1:23 PM

      Dear Tom,

      I came here to learn more and to listen to another perspective other than my own or like-minded people. It is true that there are aspects of the women’s movement that are more extreme than equality. I don’t align with that. Men have been elevated for the entire nation’s history, our constitution does not bar gender discrimination, this has the potential to affect men as well as women. There are shifts in our society that some men are not willing to accept some men are. Women make up half of all breadwinners, their families need their contribution. Single parents (male or female) are a group that needs to prioritize their choices for themselves without facing burdens imposed by society. My hope is that men and women can be free to make choices that fit their needs, to have kids or not, to marry or not, to work in their chosen profession and have their potential utilized on merit, and to experience the world free of harassment and discrimination for these choices. Your capitalized “IF” could be taken as a dig at my intelligence or just a way of emphasizing your statement, since I don’t know you or your intention, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I understand what you are saying, that there are cases where a charge of rape follows a night of drunk sex and because it requires male interaction women cry rape when they have the opportunity. Men do face these accusations and sometimes long after the event, that is hard, the damage of an accusation can be devastating whether it is true or false. It is difficult to understand if time has passed and the accuser can be seen as an opportunist if the man has risen in wealth or esteem. However, the two adults in your case both made a decision, if she and he both consent, no rape. If either one or both were too drunk to consent someone was raped, or they raped each other. Your conclusion that a “weaponized” misandry brings about rape charges after conferring with a friend who has not had sex, strange detour, lacks a true understanding of and empathizing with both individuals in this scenario. I think you have a one sided view and need to examine this from the perspective of the unhappy female. The effort required by the accuser to reach justice is a long haul for some level of “equality”. This is not about equality but two individuals and their interaction. From my perspective as a woman, women would like to enjoy sex, to be free to have it with whom they choose. They want their partner to communicate and to know that nothing will happen without their agreement likewise they won’t do things to him without his agreement. They want an enjoyable experience for themselves and their partner. Trust is a key component. Participants must think with a customer service mindset, if both people are satisfied with the interaction there is no need for a complaint, if one person is not treated the way they want to be treated there is the opportunity for misunderstanding and a complaint including when someone wants to end the encounter. This may also be a good time to consider if men should be willing to have casual sex with drunk women, given the risks they face. Women face the risk of disease, bodily harm, and pregnancy. Men face the risk of disease and legal action with the potential for paternity disputes later. Men can assert control over their biological motivation to procreate when the opportunity to do so is not desirable, they retain this choice. I can agree there are false charges of rape, but the majority are true and the burden of proof if the perpetrator is even caught results in justice in rare cases, 7 in 1000 result in conviction less than 1%. Many cases are not prosecuted for lack of evidence, verbal he said she said testimony often with the influence of alcohol. There is no benefit to filing charges, only costs in finances, time, emotional energy, and credibility. No equality is achieved through the example you cite, if she is lying let it be found out and she can face charges of false report, defamation. Turning to the Boy Scouts, they are a private group and made that decision for their organization, currently 2.4 million scouts, 3000 girls. No, you won’t find boys in Girl Scouts because they are also a private organization set to govern themselves as they see fit. I came here to find opinions and develop mine, to listen to another perspective and see if there was anything about this topic I had not considered. I ask you to do the same, listen to different voices, you don’t have to agree with me or anyone else. All I ask is that you try to see it from a different perspective and appreciate why they might have a different opinion. Thanks for your perspective. Have a good day.

  4. Tammy Stark on February 25, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    This is great. Now let’s get the constitution to recognize women as equal. If this is being done truly for the sake of equality, the era should have no problem passing now. Fair is fair. All men and women, though different, are created equal

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 12:48 PM

      Tammy,

      We agree, with some exception. The original efforts to establish an Equal Rights Amendment would have given equal rights to all of us. The current ERA movement and its legislation extends rights only to women and diminishes them for men. The current effort is propelled by misandry rather then any true desire toward equal treatment.

      • Mark Rosenthal on February 25, 2019 at 2:53 PM

        Please elaborate. Has the wording of the ERA been changed since what was proposed in the 1970s?

      • Kate J on February 25, 2019 at 3:12 PM

        Yes, I am for equal treatment and the consequences for men who do not register for SSS are severe so this is a step in the right direction towards equal treatment. I think many of the men who disagree with your lawsuit believe that men take on the noble mantle of defending the nation and their loved ones as a matter of duty you may lose their support if you cannot convince them that women have the same noble calling. Now is the time that women are willing and able to share this burden with their fellow citizens.

        I stand with Tammy, get behind the ERA if the work of this organization is truly for equality. It is ironic that the ERA was not passed after the Senate moved to restrict women from the draft. Your organization may help pave the way for an ERA to pass more easily.

        Please define the rights that are extended to women but deminished for men by the ERA. Under this language:

        Section 1: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

        Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

        Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

        The misandry you referenced is palpable and often observable, have you representative of NCFM considered its origin, the length, and depth of being marginalized, abused, and openly discriminated against for centuries? I can acknowledge that men face a different edge of discrimination in our modern times (family custody or professional career choices) but white men as a class have never had to fight for any of their rights, I mean the big ones: voting, property ownership, inheritance rights (correct me if I’m wrong here, I trust you will). Men are now fighting through long accepted cultural practices and laws that were deferential to women and forced men to shoulder a burden a woman would not be required to, but over history women have had to entrust men with their personal welfare, health, and fortunes and not all men are good stewards of these resources. Men have never been in the position to be held as property of women (so long as slavery has been abolished). Women were subject to the law but had no input in it for the first 144 years of this country’s existence. Men have never been denied these rights by another group.

        Your closing response to Tammy that the current ERA movement is not truly seeking equality is poor, and shows a lack of empathy for women in their fight for equal rights over the history of the movement. Women are openly expressing centuries worth of anger over being treated as less than, asking nicely hasn’t worked. I want to believe you truly seek equality but your tone towards Tammy belies something less noble. If you are truly not in the fight for equality it will be sensed and your organization will be viewed as self-important in the face of so many marginalized groups who have not had the lion’s share of benefits that men have had, eventhough you aim to correct the current imbalances. If you are truly fighting the good fight for equality measure what you say in response to supporters so that your organization can be believed then together we can say, Onwards!

  5. Dr. Philip Hadlock on February 25, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Congratulations to NCFM on this important victory. It is a small but very significant step toward genuine gender equality. Those who would cringe at the thought of their daughter or granddaughter being expected to register for the SSS, yet would not cringe at the thought of their son or grandson being expected to do the same needs to seriously reexamine their values. It is appalling that public discourses of victimization in the United States remain steadfastly committed to excluding men’s and boys’ experiences.

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 12:59 PM

      Dr. Hadlock,

      Thank you for your comments, although we think this is not a small but very large victory which will help shape our national discussions about many things.

  6. Jack on February 25, 2019 at 6:31 AM

    What are the actual ramifications of this case? Will Selective Service actually be forced to change?

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM

      Jack,

      Thank you. That’s an excellent question. The answer is a resounding yes. However, we don’t know yet exactly how. It’s possible Congress will close the Selective Service or find other ways to treat women deferentially. The SSS system has for years disenfranchised young men who for whatever reasons failed to register. Not one young female has been similarly situated or disenfranchised. Not one. There are many people who think that’s Ok and are Ok with keeping it that way. We think its disgusting, unconstitutional and not in the best interests of any of us.

  7. Fifth Dentist on February 25, 2019 at 5:44 AM

    You would send your mothers into combat against their will.

    Remarkable what a 40 year internal dilaog of resentment can cause.

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:09 PM

      Fifth Dentist,

      No. My mother died last year. Otherwise, try this: “You would send your fathers into combat against their will.” Or how about, “You would send your sons into combat against their will.” Think about it. Aside from which, we now have an all volunteer military. If anyone goes into combat, male or female, arguably, they volunteered. It sounds to me that you may have an abscessed tooth which may be impacting your judgement. Regardless, thank you for sharing your thoughts so others can see them.

    • Mark Rosenthal on February 25, 2019 at 2:59 PM

      Fifth Dentist: But you have no problem sending your fathers, sons, and brothers into combat against their will? There could be no better illustration that men in this society are considered disposable.

  8. Fifth Dentist on February 25, 2019 at 5:38 AM

    For this lawsuit, you “men” should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Pathetic, triggered and sad that a few women in the service inspires you to feel like such snowflakes.

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM

      Just the opposite. The men and women of NCFM are very proud of this very necessary accomplishment.

    • Jesse on February 25, 2019 at 5:40 PM

      Fifth Dentist

    • Marc on March 2, 2019 at 1:14 PM

      You sound like a complete idiot. This is about equal rights and responsibilities. We take no position on women in combat.

  9. Doug Lefelhocz on February 25, 2019 at 4:50 AM

    I would have preferred for the selective service system to get abolish. But then again, this result comes as the next best thing.

    • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:12 PM

      Doug,

      Hang in there. Congress may yet end the draft rather than require women to register. I suspect you know why too.

  10. Jesse on February 24, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    This is a big, big win for equal rights for women! Now women, as well as men, have the right to register with the Selective Service System for the military draft.

    This is the latest accomplishment by the National Coalition for Men’s advocacy for equal rights for women (and men, because you can’t have equal rights for one sex without having equal rights for the opposite sex.

    • Will on February 24, 2019 at 7:03 PM

      What a joke, why are you happy about this? Selective service isn’t a right, it’s an obligation of support for our country. Because of you idiots, my daughter is one step closer to having to register for the draft. It was set up unfairly, because men were the ones that bore the most burden during war. My life before my daughters. It’s what most dads do. Obviously not any of you at the NCFM

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:23 PM

        Will,

        I’m not real happy about my grandsons having to register either. Are you saying daughters and grand daughters are more important than our sons and grandsons? Just curious.

      • Jim Dougherty on February 25, 2019 at 4:58 PM

        The judge could not reasonably rule otherwise given the fact that the military was forced to end discrimination against women and open all specialties to them, a reality for which many women fought very hard. However, this ruling may prompt the government to abolish the Selective Service, though any future conflict that demands conscription will most certainly include women, as it should. I served with women for 10 years and found them to be very capable soldiers.

    • Mark Rosenthal on February 24, 2019 at 8:06 PM

      When I was in my teens, I had to register and I faced an active draft that would have sent me to Viet Nam, and very likely to my death. I only avoided that through the good fortune of drawing a high number in the draft lottery.

      Registering for the draft is not a “right”. it’s an obligation, one that until now has been imposed exclusively on young men, while women have had the privilege of not having to register and potentially be coerced into involuntary servitude.

      I find it extremely offensive when you spin this as “equal rights for women” is offensive. It’s a matter of women finally being required to submit to equal responsibilities – something they’ve unjustly been permitted to skip out on for ages. It may seem theoretical for now, since the draft is not active. But if the draft is ever reactivated, it sure won’t seem theoretical then.

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:22 PM

        Mark,

        Thank you. “Equal responsibilities” is certainly accurate.

        • Mark Rosenthal on February 25, 2019 at 3:05 PM

          And for those who now call for our support for the ERA, my response is I’ll support an ERRA, but not an ERA. If the Constitution is going to mandate Equal Rights, it should also mandate Equal Responsibilities.

    • Dave on February 24, 2019 at 10:17 PM

      You guys are spineless and should be ashamed of yourselves. The man”s role is to protect the women and children. what you”ve actually done is degrade women by telling them you don”t want to protect them. In fact, you asked them to help you protect yourself.
      If my daughter wants to serve that’s fine but she shouldn’t be forced to.
      The men in this country are becoming wussified little candy assets and you guys are at the front of the pack wearing dresses.
      My daughter may get drafted and you might get out of serving due to your ADHD or asthma.
      I honestly can’t believe you did this. I hope you lose sleep over showing the world how simply pathetic you are.

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM

        Dave,

        We engage in name calling. However, we think it’s important for others to see messages like this. So, thank you for sharing your thoughts, even though we obviously disagree.

    • Leslie Maugham on February 24, 2019 at 11:12 PM

      Well, goodness gracious, next you’ll be advocating for equal pay for equal work! Wonderful! Keep at it, lads!

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:13 PM

        Yup, in fact we always have.

    • Gregory Cummings on February 25, 2019 at 10:43 AM

      You guys are not men, you are cowards!

    • Tammy Stark on February 25, 2019 at 10:47 AM

      This is a a good start but if you really mean that you consider women equal for combat roles then the era needs to be part of the constitution. Fair is fair. Equal means just that. We can be different but still be equal. No better no worse. Muscles don’t mean superior, just different.

      • Mark Rosenthal on February 25, 2019 at 3:27 PM

        You’re probably unaware that the 1918 Supreme Court decision that the draft did not count as involuntary servitude was based on the fact that men had the vote, and military service was an obligation men took on in return for being able to vote. A mere two years later, the 19th Amendment gave women the vote without imposing any corresponding obligation on them. Women have had a free ride for the past 100 years. All this decision does is correct that injustice. To guarantee that such a thing never happens again, I’ll be happy to support an Amendment that mandates that equal rights for men and women conditional on them also being subjected to equal responsibilities. If you’re good with that, I’m happy to have found an ally.

  11. ken on February 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Congratulations to Marc and the team, will this be the 28th amendment? and should go down in history as the day as full citizenship came to women in the US. (if the SSS is extended). The court has only deemed the law to be unconstitutional. I suppose congress will have to decide if it suspends or extends the SSS. With so many women being elected to congress at the mid-term elections I am guessing that it will be suspended.

  12. Joe on February 24, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Men with wives, daughters, or granddaughters are cringing. I feel you should be ashamed to push this.

    • NCFM on February 24, 2019 at 2:50 PM

      You are absolutely wrong. NCFM female members are cheering as are all fair minded individuals. You should read the court decision. It’s important to understand that registration in no way means one will end up in a foxhole. Nor are all men suited for combat. Men and women are needed in many support roles and never get close to a war zone. Aside from which, we personally know women with combat experience, even fighter pilots. Other than meeting the qualifications, if women can freely enter the military they should be required to register for Selective Service. Or, men should not be required too. Not complicated.

      • Mark Rosenthal on February 25, 2019 at 3:32 PM

        Sadly, not all women are as fair-minded as the NCFM female members you mention. I won’t be at all surprised if there’s a backlash from so many women that Congress decides that the only thing they can do that won’t lose them votes is to shut down the Selective Service.

    • edward docherty on February 24, 2019 at 3:16 PM

      The draft should be abolished. It is unconstitutional. If you men think you won something then I agree with women that all men are idiots!

      • NCFM on February 24, 2019 at 3:44 PM

        So are people who do not understand the issues, although “idiot” is a bit strong. Ignorant is more accurate. We, NCFM, is not concerned with whether the draft, that is the Selective Service System, should be abolished; or, not. We are only concerned that our federal government extend equal opportunity and responsibility to all of us. Not complicated.

    • GI Joe on February 24, 2019 at 9:59 PM

      Joe, this has nothing to do with MEN or WOMENS rights, but the new word of this coming generation is “gender equality”. IF Congress approves, it wouldn’t surprise me, but that will be the extent of it. When men and women go to war, it’s survive, kill, or die. Do you think when we are at war with the enemy is going to be lenient when it captures a woman soldier vs. a man soldier? There are no rules. And they don’t give a damn who, where, or what you are once you’re in the enemies hands. You may be serving your country, but you also have the risk of dying for your country. It’s not a job, or a social club. NCFM; they don’t get it. Being a soldier is not about fairness, its about serving and surviving.

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 1:20 PM

        Apparently you don’t understand. If you or others are or were really in the military you well know that not all involved end up in a foxhole. Not all those who serve are fit for combat. However, many men and women in the military not fit for combat still play key support roles. We get that. It amazes us that others don’t. It’s about equal treatment, without which, overtime we, as a country, will not survive.

    • Mary on February 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM

      Oh-bull pucky! I’ve been saying this since 1999 when our son was REQUIRED
      to register for selective service. And yes, we also have a daughter!
      In fact, it might do our country a world of good if the USA decides to
      require ALL physically and mentally able bodied individuals to actually
      SERVE at least a couple of years in one of the branches of the military.
      WHY NOT? It certainly would teach the present and next generations the
      values parents are no longer teaching; discipline,structure, patience,
      selflessness,loyalty and a skill they can carry into civilian life.

      • NCFM on February 25, 2019 at 12:49 PM

        Mary,

        Well said. Doing so may very well teach our present and future generations about many things, including those you mention.

  13. Ben on February 24, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Can’t believe you actually went there. Real men don’t care about sex discrimination against them. I’d rather be discriminated against than risk women getting captured, raped (impregnated), and abused by the enemy. It’s an Alpha Male thing.

    • NCFM on February 24, 2019 at 9:15 AM

      “Real men” care about real people, all of them. “Real men” also care about things like due process, fair and equal treatment and the best interests of all of us. What you and many people don’t get is that this case is about those things, not whether women get captured, raped and abused by an enemy. And, just in case you really don’t know it, men in combat get captured, raped and abused by he enemy too. You got us on the impregnated part.

    • TrollAlert on February 24, 2019 at 9:43 AM

      Hey Ben, you perfectly described a gamma, not an alpha. Strongly suspect you’re a feminist that decided to troll.

    • AJC on March 7, 2019 at 10:43 AM

      All men are real (elementary). All persons who would be in the military should accept equal responsibility for their ability to defend themselves, not just accept the benefits of military service. Our society seems to want to give females just the benefits of military service without the risks, and such is blatant sexism.

  14. Chris on February 24, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Congratulations! This was the most vile of all discriminatory practices based on gender still in legislation. It will be the turning point for equality. Even if one believes the draft should be abolished completely, this is the best outcome since it can always be reinstated . At least this way their will always be gender equality if that had to happen.

  15. Tiffany on February 23, 2019 at 10:06 PM

    This is wonderful! As a mother to three boys I have always noticed the discrimination against males. This is a step in the right direction. Good Job!!!

  16. Chris on February 23, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    This is a HUGE win. There has been nothing more discriminatory than the men only military draft. Women were the first people to get the vote without being eligible for military service.
    It’s about time women took their place as full citizens

  17. Gregory Josefchuk on February 23, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Outstanding and congratulations to Marc and the NCFM legal team. This is a precedent setting case that will change human history. I personally believe that the draft registration requirement should be abolished but in lieu of that result this is the next best outcome. Well done.

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