Now that females are allowed to join in any military MOS (as long as they qualify), the DoD and Justice Department are discussing whether or not females should be compelled to register for the draft as males must do. In 1981, the US Supreme Court gave women an exception to registering with Selective Service. Now, however, many believe those days have changed and women, if they are to be a full-presence in the military, should also be required to sign up for the draft.
On December 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all military occupations would be open to females. This includes all jobs within the combat arms categories that heretofore were restricted to males only. As of right now, only those males who are between 18 and 26 and are residents are required to sign up for the draft.
Women were first allowed into combat jobs when they were allowed to be assigned to aircraft and certain ships. This required the repeal of various statues that barred females from those jobs. In 2013, the DoD removed the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, that mandated all jobs open to female troops, barring certain exceptions that may be granted by the Secretary of Defense.
In Carter’s announcement he, essentially, said that there would be no more exceptions. He also said that his decision might lead to females having to sign up with Selective Service. He also said that the issue may very well have to be decided in the courts through litigation.
Back in October, John McHugh, Army Secretary, said that for “true and pure equality” women would simply have to register, as do males, for the draft following gender integration in combat jobs. As there are still many legal questions to answer, the DoD and Justice Department will have confer together, and even that may not resolve all of the issues.
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