Should Women Be Required to Register for the Draft?
In olden times, while men fought the wars women stayed at home and attended to domestic needs. It is only until the late 20th century that women were allowed to join the military.
The president may be required to reinstate the draft, and if he does, women should also have to register for the draft.
2. Women have been allowed in the military for less than 100 years
Women have only been allowed in the military for a little over 100 years. Prior to that, it was believed that women were not physically or emotionally capable of handling the stress of combat.
In 1916, the U.S. Military Academy began admitting women as graduates, and in 1918 the Army Nurse Corps was created. Women were not given the opportunity to serve as regular members of the military until 1948 when President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act.
Since then, women have steadily been gaining ground in the military. In 2013, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta removed the ban on women serving in combat roles. And in 2015, all military branches opened up all occupations to women, including special operations units such as the Navy SEALs and Army Rangers.
3. The president may be required to reinstate the draft
The last time the U.S. had a draft was during the Vietnam War, and it was discontinued in 1973. The current all-volunteer military has been in place since then.
However, there is a possibility that the draft could be reinstated. In 1980, Congress passed The Selective Service System Reauthorization Act, which requires all men between the ages of 18 and 26 to register for the draft. If a draft were to be reinstated, women would also be required to register.
4. If the draft is reinstated, women should be required to register
If the president is required to reinstate the draft, then women should also be required to register for it. There are several reasons why this is fair and just.
First of all, equality under the law is a fundamental principle of our society. If men are required to register for the draft, then women should also have to register. It would be sexist and discriminatory to exempt women from this responsibility just because they are female.
Secondly, our military has been increasingly integrating women into combat roles over the past few decades. There is no reason why women shouldn’t be treated equally when it comes to registering for the draft.
A third reason is that public service is an important part of being a citizen of our country. Both men and women should be expected to contribute to their community, whether it’s through military service or some other form of public service such as teaching or working in a hospital.
In conclusion, if the draft is reinstated, women should also be required to register for it. This is fair and just, and it would also be an important step in furthering the integration of women into the military.