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Congress Shelves Plans to Have Women Register for Draft
29 Jun 2017 | Proposals to have women register for the draft have been dropped from Senate and House committee defense budget markups.
The Senate Armed Services Committee's markup of the defense budget Thursday left out proposals to have women register for the draft. The move essentially tabled the controversial issue following similar action Monday in the House Armed Services Committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018. Proposals by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and others to have women register for Selective Service were dropped from that bill.

Speier unsuccessfully argued for an amendment to the NDAA that would have required women to register for the draft. "It's time to stop delaying the inevitable with parliamentary gymnastics," she said. "If it does come to a draft, men and women should be treated equally." Her amendment failed by a vote of 33-28 in the committee. Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, opposed Speier's amendment, saying it was getting ahead of an ongoing review of the Selective Service System.

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Last year, committee members approved a similar measure requiring women to register for the draft, but Republican leaders stripped the language on the House floor. The Senate last year also backed the draft for women but dropped the issue in budget negotiations with the House. Women have always been exempt from the law requiring all men ages 18 to 26 to register for possible military service with the Selective Service System.

The main argument against women registering for the draft had been that they were excluded from serving in combat jobs. However, the Defense Department has since lifted combat restrictions. At a May 22 Brookings Institution forum, Thornberry was asked to state his position on women and the draft. He responded, "We have appointed a commission to look at this. We'll see what they have to say," but he gave no timeline for the study to be completed and no indication whether Congress would be prepared to act when the commission files a report.

Congress Shelves Plans to Have Women Register for Draft | Military.com
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I think yes they should be drafted but I'm still on the fence about combat. In a case where they may be hand to hand I don't think they should be there but bombing from planes and other hazardous jobs from a distance if they want to yes, the choice should be theirs. If not then their service can be used elsewhere to do as has always been done in past wars;women doing less dangerous jobs to free up the men. Prison's still need to be guarded,potatoes peeled,meals cooked,laundry done.information filed, toilets cleaned,trucks driven,doctors and nurses available,it's not like there's a shortage of work in the military so let their draft begin.
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I oppose forced conscription for anyone, male or female. I'd think the 13th Amendment in the Constitution would cover this:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Here is the definition of involuntary servitude:

Involuntary servitude or involuntary slavery is a United States legal and constitutional term for a person laboring against that person's will to benefit another, under some form of coercion other than the worker's financial needs.
If someone is drafted against his or herr will upon threat of imprisonment for refusing, that benefits only the rulers who demand it and those in the military-industrial complex who profit. Therefore, I believe that mandatory registration in the Selective Service system and a draft should be considered unconstitutional. It's too bad this coercion is allowed.
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