Should Women Register for the Draft - Carlos A. GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Whether women should register for the draft is a hot-button issue among veterans and the general public.

But let’s get one thing straight: we’re very unlikely, as a nation, to need a draft.

In fact, the last time our country used the draft was 1973—before most people of military age were even born.

Congress dropped the idea of forcing women to register for the draft (all males are supposed to register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday, whether or not they’re citizens), even after opening all combat roles to women, late last year. Instead, they decided to revamp the entire Selective Service system, which has an annual budget of about $23 million—and which many watchdog groups have said couldn’t put together a list of draftees if the country’s life depended on it.

Democrats will probably bring up the idea again this year, though, according to Military Times, so here’s the fundamental question: If women can now perform all the same jobs that men can (including combat-related jobs), why shouldn’t they be required to register for the same draft that men must register for?

The law that requires men to register explicitly refers to “male persons.” All it would take is for Congress to remove one word—male—from the law.

What Do You Think?

Do you think women should have to register for the draft as long as the Selective Service system is in place? This is a pretty controversial topic, so I’d really love to hear your take on it. Share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on my Twitter feed!

Carlos Gamino