Army Secretary John McHugh said it clearly recently when he stated that if the US military is truly going to offer “pure equality” to the sexes, then American females will, someday, be required to sign up for the draft just as males are required to do today.
McHugh is not alone in this thinking; although most military experts suggest that another national draft is not likely anytime soon. The many issues associated with the draft during Vietnam have not been resolved and there are still many hard feelings concerning involuntary conscription. Even so, for true equality to exist, females would have to do everything that males are required to do, including registering for the draft.
McHugh went on to say that the final decision concerning female registration would depend on Congressional action and not on military policy. He believes that any debate on this issue would be based on emotion as well as fact.
The issue came up as a logical progression from the current issue of allowing women to join in all military occupational specialties, including close combat jobs. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to deliver a decision on whether or not females should be allowed in front line/close combat jobs this January.
Earlier this summer, the subject of women registering for the draft came up during the Aspen National Security forum that took place in Colorado. During one panel, a former commander of the SEAL’s and Special Operations Command, retired Navy Adm. Eric Olson, said females should be made to register if they are able to serve in combat. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said she saw nothing wrong with women registering for the draft.
There are currently about 17 million US male citizens and male immigrant non-citizens registered with the Selective Service System.
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