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Congress Still Confused About Women and the Draft | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Congress Still Confused About Women and the Draft

The debate about whether women should be required to register with Selective Service continues. That debate does not seem to be heading for a decisive decision anytime soon. In the Senate, their bill would have women register for the draft even though there are many conservative Senators still opposed to doing so. In the House, members blocked the same measure, refusing to sign on to the requirement that females register.

Like it or not, Congress has to get the annual defense budget bill moving forward. The requirement that females register is part of that budget, thus making it impossible to totally ignore the issue. Instead, it appears that the Senate and the House will have to come to some sort of compromise, which will not be easy as there are many lawmakers who have strong feelings on both sides of this issue. The current measure would require females who are between 18 and 25 to register, which could mean that they would be posted on the front lines in future wars.

Drafting WomenSenator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, put it this way: “I am the father of two daughters. Women can do anything they put their minds to … But the idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little to no sense. I could not vote for a bill that did so, particularly a bill that did so without public debate.”

Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, had proposed taking the female draft language out of the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act. That, however, did not happen, or even have a chance of happening as the Senate, last week, moved the bill forward without considering Lee’s proposal.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, says that he supports the change and said it would be a step toward equality. He said: “The fact is that every single military leader in this country, both men and women members of the uniformed military leadership of this country, believe that it is simply fair.”

Both Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller have said that there is no longer any valid justification for exempting women from the Selective Service. All eligible men between 18-25 years old must register for the draft.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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