Shouldn't Our Daughters Face The Draft?

U.S Army Photo
These female soldiers are volunteers, but if some U.S. commanders have their way, women may face the possibility of being drafted the same as most American men. (U.S Army Photo)

Top American military commanders being force to integrate women into infantry roles due to drive for a “politically correct” military are now stating that if women are going to be in combat units, then they should have to register with the Selective Service the same as our sons.

The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the draft.

The military service leaders repeatedly vowed that they will not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling jobs. But they warned that inherent physical differences and different injury rates between men and women will have an impact on how the integration moves ahead.

The selective service question revealed differences between the military chiefs and their political leaders. Army Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller both flatly said that women should be included in the requirement to register for the selective service at age 18. But Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Army Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy would only say that the issue should be discussed. Political leaders overall have so far been reluctant to endorse the draft requirement.

The sometimes contentious hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee laid bare the deep reluctance of Marine Corps leaders to bring women into certain demanding infantry, armor and special operations jobs.

I’ll set aside the argument over whether women are physically capable of long-term infantry combat the way Americans utilize their infantry forces (Marine Capt. Katie Petronio suggests they are not), as the vast majority of the American military are not combat troops in the first place.

The bulk of our military are concerned with the art and science of supplying the relatively small number of dedicated fighters, and so it seems quite logical to me that women should be eligible for the draft, as the vast majority of them (like the vast majority of men) will end up in non-combatant roles in the first place, doing paperwork, moving supplies from point “A” to point “B,” maintaining equipment and uniforms, and the other unglamorous but still vital work that is vital to war-fighting.

Because of this, I’m in favor of putting women into the Selective Service System and making them a formal part of the unorganized militia.

One young woman is already suing the Selective Service System in order to register for the draft, feeling it is unfair.

They want equality? Let them have the same opportunity to be drafted and come home in a box as our sons already do.