Women May Soon Be Required To Sign Up For Draft In US
A bill introduced by Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-California) and Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) will be voted on by Congress next month. If passed, it would require that all eligible females between ages 18 to 26 sign up with the selective service. Both Hunter and Zinke are combat veterans. Hunter was a Captain in the Marine Corps. Zinke retired as a Navy SEAL Commander.
This comes after Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter made a historic decision in December to allow women to enter all combat roles. In a press briefing, Carter said: “I’m announcing my decision not to make continued exceptions, that is, to proceed with opening all these remaining occupations and positions to women. There will be no exceptions.” He went on to say that as long as women “qualify and meet the standards” they would be eligible for roles previously closed to them.
If the bill passes, women will only be drafted into combat zones if the US reinstates the draft which has not been used since 1973.