ANY argument that endorses a requirement for women to sign up for the selective service could only be made by someone who knows nothing of the purpose of a draft or the horror of combat.
“To the non-combatants and those on the periphery of action, the war meant only boredom or occasional excitement, but to those who entered the meat grinder itself the war was a netherworld of horror from which escape seemed less and less likely as casualties mounted and the fighting dragged on and on. Time had no meaning, life had no meaning. The fierce struggle for survival in the abyss of Peleliu had eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all.”
― Eugene B. Sledge,
In a report sent to Congress, the Defense Department pushed a legal requirement that young women sign up for the military draft.
Requiring women to register, the Pentagon said, would amplify the Selective Service System’s benefits and quickly add 11 million people to the rolls.
“It appears that, for the most part, expanding registration for the draft to include women would enhance further the benefits presently associated with the Selective Service System,” the report said, according to The Washington Times.
The report further portrayed female registration as a way to convey that the military supported equality between the sexes.
Under current law, only men aged 18-25 years old must register for the draft. But as the Times noted, women’s roles in the military have changed since former President Jimmy Carter enacted draft registration in 1980.
Under former President Barack Obama, the Pentagon removed a policy preventing women from serving in combat, according to CNBC.
In 2016, Republicans called for a two-year examination of the issue after blocking a bipartisan law requiring women to register.