Women may be forced to sign up for the Selective Service draft if a Democrat-backed provision passes the U.S. Senate.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in September, which included a provision that would require women to enlist in the military draft.
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), who introduced the draft amendment, explained her reasoning by saying, “women have constantly had to fight for a level playing field – and this change is a step in the right direction.”
Although the United States requires men between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the draft, no one has been appointed to military service since 1973. Congress mandated registration of the draft in 1980. A year later, the Supreme Court ruled that women could not sign up for the draft because they were not eligible for combat roles in the military.
However, combat roles became open to women in 2015. This change in military policy was not reflected in the Selective Service System, as women are not currently required to register.
A majority of Americans refuse to mandate draft registration for women. An Ipsos survey found that 45 percent of Americans are in favor of enrolling women in the draft.
Although there is no popular support for this proposal, many democratic politicians still support the idea.
Late. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told Axios, “so much of the track for women in the armed services is based on what experience they are capable of gaining, especially combat experience.” “It makes sense to me that everyone should be entitled to selective service,” she added.
Many Republicans are opposed to Democrats’ efforts to get women to sign up for the draft. Late. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is leading a change in the Senate that would remove the draft provision from the NDAA. Close to a dozen Republican senators have helped Hawley’s efforts for a variety of reasons, such as women’s security or national security implications.
Senate Republicans who oppose the idea find themselves in line with unusual allies from the far left of the Democratic Party. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) voted against the 2022 NDAA when it came before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Late. Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke out against the idea on Twitter, saying, “Our military has welcomed women for decades and is stronger at it, but America’s daughters should not be appointed against their will.”
The Senate is currently considering the NDAA 2022, with a resolution on the draft provision expected to come before Congress breaks down on Dec. 11.