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Get In Line Ladies: Being Equal Means Registering For The Draft

With the ban on women in combat lifted, there is really no reason to continue to exempt young women from registering for the draft, as young men are required to do.

Now that front-line infantry, armor, artillery and special operations jobs are open to female volunteers who can meet the physical requirements, it will be difficult for anyone to make a persuasive argument that women should continue to be exempt from registration, said Diane Mazur, a law professor at the University of Florida and a former Air Force officer.

“They’re going to have to show that excluding women from the draft actually improves military readiness,” Mazur said. “I just don’t see how you can make that argument.”

Groups that backed the end of the ban on women in combat also support including women in draft registration as a matter of basic citizenship. Women should have the same civic obligations as men, said Greg Jacob, a former Marine Corps officer and policy director for the Service Women’s Action Network. “We see registration as another step forward in terms of equality and fairness,” Jacob said.

2 Responses to “Get In Line Ladies: Being Equal Means Registering For The Draft”

  • Feb

    The physical requirements wil be watered-down just like they have in police departments and fire departments. This is all feel-good nonsense. Trust me, the requirements will be adjusted for women.

  • Feb

    When I was in Army ROTC in the late 70’s Cousin Jimmy Carter’s administration had Unisex platoons (one squad women, three squads men) at the basic camp at Ft. Knox and advanced camp at Ft. Riley. Requirements for women were watered down in the PT Tests. Did make for some interesting overnight bivouacs though.

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