The House Armed Services Committee has rejected a plan to require women between the ages of 18 and 26 to enter the Selective Service System, Military Times reported.
The rejection put the issue on hold until a review on the entire draft system is conducted. The decision followed up the debate on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, and other lawmakers pushed for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have ordered women to sign up for potential involuntary military service with the Selective Service System 30 days after turning 18 years old. All men ages 18 to 26 are required to register.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas, opposed the amendment because a review of the Selective Service System is forthcoming and new changes wouldn’t be necessary.
So what’s in this review? When is it going to start? And why can’t we get women signed up for the draft while we wait however long for that to take place? Are we considering doing away with it? If we are, in the meantime, we can get women signed up for it and if they do away with it, great, they’re cut loose just like the men.
But it seems to me that even with the pending review, men are still signing up for the draft. How come not women?
If you want equality, you take the good with the bad. You don’t just get equality of privilege. You get straight across equality. If the draft is good enough for the men, it should be good enough for the women, too. And if we, for some reason, do reinstate the draft, why should only the men be torn from their families involuntarily? This is what equality looks like.
Don’t get me wrong. I do, in fact, support women in combat. I know a lot of folks don’t, but I do. However, if you want into combat, you get into the draft, too. I’m sorry. That’s how it works, ladies.