The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved language in its annual defense policy bill that would require women to register for the draft.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved by the committee behind closed doors Wednesday “amends the Military Selective Service Act to require the registration of women for Selective Service,” according to a summary released Thursday.

The United States has not instituted a draft since the Vietnam War, and Pentagon officials have repeatedly said they intend to keep the force all-volunteer.

But men ages 18 through 25 still have to register with what’s officially known as the Selective Service System or  face consequences such as losing access to federal financial aid for college.

Congress has been debating whether to expand the registration requirement to women since all combat jobs were opened to female service members in 2016.

That year, both the House and Senate Armed Services committees included a requirement for women to register in their initial versions of the NDAA.

But the House’s version of the bill dropped the language before the bill came to the floor. After conservatives pushed to exclude the language during negotiations between the House and Senate, the version of the NDAA that ultimately became law instead created a commission to review the draft registration requirements.

Last year, that commission recommended draft registration be expanded to include women, calling it a “necessary and fair step.”

Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) earlier this year hinted the changes to the draft would make it into his committee’s NDAA, saying he hoped to incorporate the commission’s recommendations “in large part.”

In June, the Supreme Court declined to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of the all-male draft, citing the expectation that Congress would soon act on the issue.

“It remains to be seen, of course, whether Congress will end gender-based registration under the Military Selective Service Act,” wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an opinion, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh. “But at least for now, the Court’s longstanding deference to Congress on matters of national defense and military affairs cautions against granting review while Congress actively weighs the issue.”

15 thoughts on “Senate Panel Votes to Make Women Register for Draft”
  1. Voting in favor of military draft for women is simply the latest straw in the unnatural and unwise campaign to erase the normal differences between men and women.

  2. They want or say they are equal in every other aspect, so I say hell yes add them to the draft.
    With that said, I do not support them being put in any type of combat role. In the rear with the gear or in any other administrative support role. Tired of women and minorities cherry picking when they want to be considered equal, this might just be a first step in waking some “woke” people up !

  3. I feel for those women that weren’t pushing for it, but it looks like the ‘feminists’ got some of that former ‘male privilege’ they were going on about.

  4. I strongly object to this registration. While I am a senior and have an older daughter, I don’t wish to see my granddaughters be subject to this. If women serve in the military, combat assignments should be a choice. I would favor one year of national service in some capacity for women right after highschool, much like Israelis do.

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