In February a senate armed services committee conducted a hearing on the subject of women in the military. In June the Senate approved a military policy bill that would require women registering for the draft just as men.
There’s been a battle over the role of women in the military to include allowing them into combat roles. Another strong debate is whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18.
The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. Under the Senate bill, women turning 18 on or after January 1, 2018 would be required to register for the draft. Failure to do so could result in loss of student federal aid, including Pell grants, a penalty that men already face.
This ruling, according to the armed services committee for men and women of the military, believe it’s fair since women have been given access to any military job – then they should also be required to register for the draft.
Ted Cruz, Republican Senator of Texas said, “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls in combat to my mind makes little sense at all.” Senator Cruz has two young daughters.
As an Army veteran myself, I have never been a supporter of the draft. I don’t like the idea of drafting men or women into the military, sending them off to war and forcing them into combat. I enlisted when I was 20 years old at my own free will. I understood my reasons for enlisting as well as what could happen. I can’t imagine being forced into combat. It just does not seem right.
However, on the other side of the issue, now that women have been allowed to serve in any position, there is no logical basis to say women should not be drafted. It seems as if Washington is putting more value on social engineering than military objectives.
I am a supporter of women soldiers. Period. Women registering for the draft is certainly a topic of controversy that will not go away. What are your thoughts?