Should women be required to register for the draft?
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Should women be required to register for the draft?

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The Pentagon is recommending women be required to sign up for the military draft. Currently, only male citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register, but many argue every American who is "physically qualified" should register for the draft—including women. Some are vocally opposed to letting women enter the draft, still arguing as to whether women are fit for combat at all. But advocates say including women in the draft will help advance gender equality. What do you think?

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The Pentagon is recommending women be required to sign up for the draft, claiming it would be greatly beneficial to the military.

“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. The report said 11 million people would be added to the Selective Service System if women were required to take part in the draft. 

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter made combat jobs available to women back in 2015, and earlier this year, Congress debated a bill that would require women to register for the draft. While the bill was ultimately abandoned, many still support the idea of requiring women to register for the draft.

Sen. John McCain applauded the idea of requiring women to register, arguing if women can serve in combat, they should register for the draft.


But Sen. Ted Cruz and others pushed against the idea.


In the Huffington Post, Kelly Antoine argues women should register for the draft in the name of advancing gender equality.

1. There is no such thing as selective equality.
2. There are a number of ways for women to contribute that don’t involve combat.
3. Your daughter is not a princess.
4. Equal participation fosters a sense of community, responsibility, and civic engagement.
5. The military encourages a less sexualized work environment.
6. Equal Pay.
7. Leadership Opportunities.
8. Women will make the military smarter, more agile, and more equitable.
9. A gender-neutral draft will help broaden perceptions and expectations of what women can do.

But Amy Otto argues in The Federalist that women "generally don't make good soldiers," and forcing them to register for the draft is a mistake.

While there is no interest in denying combat roles to qualified women, and we all thank them for their service, it is a different discussion to assume that women should be seen as an equal option in the event of a draft. While many will craft this as an “equality issue,” one has to be daft to not see that women and men have fundamental physical differences.

Otto believes the biological differences between men and women shouldn't be ignored in the name of "equality."

[It's] clear that mixed-sex units are going to have more challenges and be less effective than single-sex units. The primary cause is biology, not sexism. The report notes that women have biological challenges to fighting in battle that cannot be trained away. Women in combat get hurt more easily and cannot sustain fighting for as long as men, simply because their bodies are different.

Others argue against women being required to register for the draft because they don't agree with the draft at all.

Others believe women should be treating equally in society first before being forced to enlist.

But others argue if feminism really is about equality, requiring women to register for the draft in the same way men do is the obvious conclusion. 

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