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Must women register for the draft?

The United States ended the draft in 1973, but maintained the Selective Service System.

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For as long as women have been excluded from combat, they’ve also been exempt from having to register for the Selective Service System, the database kept just in case all hell breaks loose and the U.S. must reintroduce the draft. But now that women are being admitted into combat units, the justification for making only young men register is on shaky ground.

“It would seem a little strange to have nearly every job in the military open to women and not also require them to register for Selective Service,” said David McKean, legal director at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the policy change, he had little immediate insight into what his decision meant for Selective Service requirements.

“With regards to Selective Service, you know, that’s not our operation,” Panetta said. “I don’t know who the hell controls Selective Service, if you want to know the truth. But, you know, whoever does, they’re going to have to exercise some judgment based on what we just did.”

Looking to eliminate some of the confusion, the Selective Service System, which is an independent executive agency, posted a notice on its website immediately after Panetta’s briefing:

Attention: Even though the secretary of defense has decided to allow women in combat jobs, the law has not been changed to include this. Consequently, only men are currently required to register by law with Selective Service during ages 18 thru 25. Women still do not register.”

Panetta was right that the Pentagon doesn’t have the authority to mandate that women ages 18 through 25 register for Selective Service, as their male counterparts must do today. Only Congress can change that law. But the Pentagon is not totally off the hook.

Whenever the defense secretary opens new combat positions to women, he’s required by law to provide Congress with a detailed analysis of the legal implications for the constitutionality of the Military Selective Service Act.

Senior defense officials acknowledged last week that providing Congress with that report would be the next step the Pentagon would take but did not have any other details.

Although the Selective Service law is inherently discriminatory — requiring something of men that it doesn’t require of women — it was considered constitutional because women were excluded from combat. Since women wouldn’t be conscripted, they didn’t need to register. Now that women will be joining at least some combat units, Congress eventually must determine how to handle that new reality.

Read more: Next question: Must women register for the draft? - Kate Brannen - POLITICO.com
We haven't used the draft in the last two wars so it's unlikely but not impossible that we will need to draft again someday. I believe that since women are permitted in combat,they should be required to register for the draft...thought's?
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Must women register for the draft?

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We haven't used the draft in the last two wars so it's unlikely but not impossible that we will need to draft again someday. I believe that since women are permitted in combat,they should be required to register for the draft...thought's?
They should not be permitted combat, but if they find themselves in a situation certainly should receive combat pay. no draft.
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We haven't used the draft in the last two wars so it's unlikely but not impossible that we will need to draft again someday. I believe that since women are permitted in combat,they should be required to register for the draft...thought's?
Draft? No, not at this point. I do think permitting women to join combat units should be allowed but only in the cases they have passed the EXACT same requirements the men did for the same job. That's job equality right there. I also think they should have any legal means of claiming sexual harassment taken away. I'm not saying rape or physical abuse but any little comment about their bodies is not grounds for a lawsuit. Men make fun of each other constantly, if you want to be one of the boys you better be prepared to dish it out and take it as well. It's part of being in the gang, take it or leave it.
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Draft? No, not at this point. I do think permitting women to join combat units should be allowed but only in the cases they have passed the EXACT same requirements the men did for the same job. That's job equality right there. I also think they should have any legal means of claiming sexual harassment taken away. I'm not saying rape or physical abuse but any little comment about their bodies is not grounds for a lawsuit. Men make fun of each other constantly, if you want to be one of the boys you better be prepared to dish it out and take it as well. It's part of being in the gang, take it or leave it.
No...not at this point,if we ever draft again in the future and women are permitted in combat,hell yes they should be included in the draft. If they want real equality and desire combat duty and qualify for combat,they should not be excluded from a future draft should the need arise.
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No...not at this point,if we ever draft again in the future and women are permitted in combat,hell yes they should be included in the draft. If they want real equality and desire combat duty and qualify for combat,they should not be excluded from a future draft should the need arise.
You know what? You actually made me reconsider this. Yes, make them register for the draft. All of them, from little Suzy the cheerleader down to the girl that thinks she want's to play football. You're right, equal should not be situational. Equal is equal so let's start at the very beginning with registration for the draft.
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I hadn't thought of it until now, but yes, they should.
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I think so, but provisions must be made for the care of their children if they're called away, or else they must be exempt if they have minor children.
In this country, women are the primary physical guardians of children.
Logistically, it would be tricky to just scoop up a couple of hundred thousand young women at random and take them away. Some might have relatives willing and able to keep their kids, but most probably don't. Where are the kids supposed to go, foster care?
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I think so, but provisions must be made for the care of their children if they're called away, or else they must be exempt if they have minor children.
In this country, women are the primary physical guardians of children.
Logistically, it would be tricky to just scoop up a couple of hundred thousand young women at random and take them away. Some might have relatives willing and able to keep their kids, but most probably don't. Where are the kids supposed to go, foster care?
So the kids don't need fathers? These are things you need to think about before asking for equality. Equality and the responsibility that goes with it is a double edge sword. Equal but with exceptions is not equal. You can raise kids and be a mom or you can choose to be a warrior, those two jobs don't mix well. Kind of like putting up with a woman in a combat team doesn't mix well.

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