Last week, the House Armed Services Committee approved a defense bill amendment that would require women to register for the military draft. While it’s a possibility that’s been discussed around here before, this seems like the moment where the idea is becoming the new reality.
Representative Duncan Hunter, himself a Marine veteran, argues that drafting women is only fair: “”But this is not about women serving in the infantry. The administration has made that decision unilaterally disregarding what the Marine Corps and special operationscommunities have said. But that’s not what this is about. Right now the draft is sexist. Right now the draft only drafts young men. Women are excluded.”
Some critics believe this is the inevitable consequence of opening up combat positions to women. Opening up more dangerous roles to women in an all-volunteer fighting force seems to have paved the way to place all women at risk if we ever again face a conflict on the scale of WWII.
Of course, plenty of women (and men) support universal conscription and have faith that the military can find the appropriate roles for everyone who’s drafted at some future date.
How do you feel about requiring both men and women to register for the draft? Is it a long overdue leveling of the playing field or is it wrong to expect women who didn’t volunteer to participate in military service? Sound off!