Women Military Draft: Should Women Have To Register For The Draft?

Louis Babcock

Women have made great strides in terms of equality when it comes to their role in the military. American women are now seeking acceptance into some of the most dangerous combat related fields in order to prove that they can fight alongside their male counterparts. It is no shock that as women apply for combat roles, high ranking military officials are stating that women should be required to register for the draft like their male counterparts.

On Tuesday, General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, and General Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee and claimed that it is their belief that females should be required to sign up for the draft. This is the first time in the history of the United States military that the topic of females in the draft has been broached.

Women Military Draft: Should Women Have To Register For The Draft?

General Neller told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee his views on the topic.

"Senator, it's my personal view that, based on this lifting of restrictions … every American who's physically qualified should register for the draft."

The viewpoint that the Pentagon has on women in the military took a large turn late last year when Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement that all combat roles in the military would be open to women for the first time in history.

If it is decided that women will have to sign up for Selective Service, it will not happen overnight. As we are seeing with the process of integrating women into combat roles, it takes time. Officials speculate that it could take up to three years before the logistics are in place, and women will need to register for the draft.

On Twitter, reactions were mostly positive.

— Brandon Lee (@_tbhbrandon_) February 3, 2016

— Stephanie Mills (@newsmills) February 3, 2016

— Michael G. Murray II (@MGMUSMCRet) February 3, 2016

— Sam Nichols (@OnThaPodium) February 3, 2016

— Colin Richardson (@richardsonsroom) February 3, 2016

"I am concerned that the department has gone about things backward. This consequential decision was made and mandated before the military services could study its implications, and before any implementation plans were devised to address the serious challenges raised in studies."

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