Since women can now try out for the same combat jobs as men, women should have the same military draft requirement. That’s what equality looks like.
February 4, 2016 By
American women may soon be registering for the military draft the same way all men are required to within 30 days of their eighteenth birthday. On Tuesday, top Army and Marine generals testified at a Senate Arms Services Committee hearing on the integration of women into combat, stating that women should be required to register for the military draft, the same way men do.
“All eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley stated during his testimony.
Milley’s comments come in the aftermath of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s announcement in December that he had lifted all restrictions (with no exemptions) that prevented women from serving in all combat and special operations jobs, including green berets and Navy Seals. Carter’s decision made history, but seemed to do so without considering the full consequences of the decision—the primary one being that women will now likely have to register for the draft.