NCFM Quoted in Stars and Stripes, Will women have to register for the draft? Republicans say no

July 10, 2017
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selective serviceWill women have to register for the draft? Republicans say no

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Kayla Cerda, a drill Instructor, commands a recruit to run in place during a function in Van Nuys, Calif., on March 12, 2016. House and Senate lawmakers are deeply divided over requiring women between 18-25 years old to register with Selective Service.

ALICIA R. LEADERS/U.S. MARINE CORPSBy ANSHU SIRIPURAPU | McClatchy Washington Bureau | Published: July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — It’s been well over a year since the Pentagon announced its historic decision to open up all combat jobs in the military to women, but Congress is still debating over whether women should register for the draft.

House Republicans are blocking every congressional effort to force women to join men in signing up when they turn 18.

“You’re not talking about whether or not a lady can serve, you are talking about whether or not a mother has to go to war during a time of a draft,” said Rep. Austin Scott, a Georgia Republican and House Armed Services Committee member, at a committee hearing in June.

Last year, the House and Senate both approved plans to draft women if necessary, but Republicans later used a procedural maneuver to scrap them.

Lawmakers did, however, create an independent, 11-member National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to study, among other things, extending the draft to include women.

The commission, created when the law was signed by President Barack Obama in December 2016, is just getting off the ground. President Donald Trump sent a memo in April outlining his “principles for reform,” and the commission could take more than two years to produce a final report.

Chances are legislative efforts this year will go nowhere.

The House is expected to consider defense legislation this month. But when writing the bill in June, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a proposal from Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., to require women to register with the Selective Service System, the agency that keeps a list of all draft-eligible men. Almost all men ages 18 through 25, including immigrants who aren’t citizens, are required to register. The last draft, during the Vietnam War, ended in January 1973.

According to a 2015 report from the Department of Defense, women make up 15.5 percent of active-duty personnel. Women have the highest representation in the Air Force, 19.1 percent, and the lowest in the Marine Corps, 7.7 percent.

“We’re trying to establish greater equality in every respect in this country and with that equality comes rights and responsibilities,” Speier said in an interview.

Speier’s bid to include women in any draft system failed in the committee on a largely party-line vote. One Republican, Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona, and 26 Democrats went along with Speier. Thirty-three other committee Republicans voted no.

McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, was the first female pilot to fly in combat and the first woman to command a fighter squadron. A spokesperson for McSally did not respond to a request for comment.

Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said at the hearing that he wants to wait until the commission created by last year’s bill finished studying the issue.

“Again, the first question is, and I don’t know the answer, to tell you the truth, whether we continue to need Selective Service or not,” Thornberry said. “That’s what this commission is looking at. And if it decides we do, then it is looking at who should be drafted.”

Drafting women almost won approval last year. It was included in the Senate defense bill. In the House, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a committee member, offered a plan nearly identical to Speier’s.

It drew support from nearly all the committee’s Democrats along with six Republicans, passing 32-30.

But other Republicans put a stop to the momentum, using a procedural move to remove the amendment from the final bill.

Hunter said he never supported drafting of women. In a Fox News op-ed two weeks after the committee vote, he said he never planned to vote for his own proposal and introduced it to “force the conversation.”

“Let me be clear: I don’t support women in the infantry or special operations, nor do I support women registering for the draft,” Hunter wrote, arguing that integration would impact “military culture and mission effectiveness.”

Support, though, appears strong.

“The fact is that every single military leader in this country, both men and women, members of the military uniformed leadership of this country believe that it’s simply fair since we’ve opened up all aspects of the military to women that they would be also registering for Selective Service,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the Senate floor last year.

This year’s Senate defense bill does not contain a provision about women and the draft.

In a Senate hearing last year, Gen. Mark A. Milley, Army chief of staff, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both said they supported having women register for the draft.

A White House spokesperson did not respond to request for comment.

The exemption of women from the draft stems from a 1981 Supreme Court decision. The court ruled that the requirement that only men register was constitutional because, at the time, women could not serve in combat roles.

Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. The court’s ruling, he said, no longer makes sense after the Obama administration lifted the ban on women in combat.

“If a woman can do everything (in the military), why shouldn’t they be subject (to the draft)?” Korb said.

The National Coalition for Men, a nonprofit based in San Diego that aims to end gender discrimination, is suing the Selective Service based on that argument. They say either women should be required to register, or men shouldn’t have to.

In February 2016, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the case to proceed after a lower court had dismissed it. Harry Crouch, the president of the NCFM, said there hasn’t been any movement since and he that believes the courts are “stalling” for Congress to act.

“Eventually, if Congress can’t make up its mind, the court’s going to be in a position to make a ruling,” he said.

Korb said the opposition to having women register for the draft stems from the lingering opposition to women in combat.

“I think a lot of people have still not accepted the fact that women can do everything in the military,” he said.

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One Response to NCFM Quoted in Stars and Stripes, Will women have to register for the draft? Republicans say no

  1. Ken on July 22, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Yes it’s happening all over the world, put it off so the decision has to be made by others.
    The opinion that was written in the ‘Miss Education’ article is correct. In Switzerland they are discussing it but say it might happen in 2020!! I wrote a comment on the system in Switzerland in the article from February 2016 on the NCFM website. In Sweden they made the decision to require females to do national service and then back pedalled so it may not go ahead anyway.
    In South Africa there is an article, written by a woman of course, discussing it and was coming up with remarks and excuses why females should not do national service, making comments like the “protected” and the “protectors“ and talking about how menstruating women are “uncoordinated” and “clumsy”, it will be interesting to see how feminist will react to comments like that, on this subject I am guessing the silence will be deafening.
    Let’s hope the congress revisits and reaffirms the decision it made last June. And not reverse it five Months later.

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