Congress kills plan forcing women to register for the military draft
Congress just nixed a plan that would have made women register for the military draft.
Lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees stripped the requirement of women to register for Selective Service that was inserted into the forthcoming $618 billion defense bill, which will be voted on by both chambers within the next few days, according to The Washington Post.
Current law requires all male US citizens aged 18-25 to register for the draft. The provision requiring women to do the same was part of early drafts of the bill, added after a number of military leaders and women’s rights advocates offered support for it following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s removal of restrictions placed on women in combat.
While the bill doesn’t change the Selective Service System, it does call for a review of whether a military draft is still worthwhile and cost-effective, according to Military Times. The last time a draft was ordered was during the Vietnam War.
Dropping women from draft registration may be a signal that the next Defense Secretary could reinstitute the policy excluding women from some direct combat jobs, such as infantry and artillery. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the policy change in 2013, but since Congress never passed a law affirming it, a stroke of the pen could roll it back.
- NO DEAL: Senate leaders say they have yet to reach deal to end shutdown, will continue into work week
- The Defense department made a last-minute change to allow overseas troops to watch the NFL playoffs during the government shutdown
- Trump reportedly asked South Korea's president to publicly give him kudos for the talks with North Korea
- Democratic senator calls Trump 'Cadet Bone Spurs' during fiery speech on the shutdown's impact on the military
- North Korea is not building nuclear weapons to destroy the US or unify Korea — the real reasons are much more surprising