I think they’ll pull it in the end…
But Democrats in Congress, with some support from some Republicans have included the requirement that women begin registering with the Selective Service in order to be available to be drafted into the armed service should that be required by the military ….
Some point to Something about ‘woman’s equal rights’?
For over 100 years, young men have registered for the draft. Now, Congress is poised to make a historic change for gender equality by requiring women, for the first time in American history, to do the same.
But while support for the change is bipartisan, Congress is leaving the details for later.
That’s the easy thing to do, considering the military hasn’t drafted anyone since the Vietnam War and it’s possible it never will need to again. But if a crisis of monumental proportions were to emerge, the logistics of incorporating women into a much larger military could prove complicated.
Would drafted women be expected to serve in combat roles? And if not, what would their roles be? Would they be housed with men? It appears that neither Congress nor the Pentagon has thought that through.
Still, included in the House version of the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which that chamber passed last month, was an amendment by Pennsylvania Democrat Chrissy Houlahan and Florida Republican Michael Waltz that would require women to sign up with the Selective Service, a government agency that keeps records of Americans eligible for a potential draft….
Waltz argues that were a crisis requiring a draft to emerge, the United States would need every available person.
The country would “need everybody … man, woman, gay, straight, any religion, Black, white, brown,” he said recently on the House floor….
Currently, women make up 16 percent of the military’s total force, according to an analysis from the Brookings Institution.
But Houlahan demurred when asked about the logistical challenges of integrating women into the military in greater numbers, and she acknowledged that there would be “some complications” and that no work had yet been done to that end.
According to the Selective Service’s website, the agency is capable of registering and drafting women with its existing infrastructure “if given the mission and modest additional resources.” Some elements of the military, however, have already studied potential effects of integrating women into the services on a large scale and found reason for concern….