Should Selective Service Be Required For Women?

Since the United States entered World War I in 1917, there has been Selective Service.

In 1917, men between the ages of 21 and 30 had to sign up for Selective Service, which gave the president power to draft American citizens as soldiers.

The United States Draft remained active until 1973, at the end of the Vietnam War.

Today, however, while the draft is no longer active, Selective Service is still in place.

This requires men at the age of 18 to register with Selective Service where they will remain in the system until they are 25.

Registering for Selective Service is not registering for the draft; you are not being conscripted by signing up.

Many classify it as a census of young men in the United States, considering that there is no active draft.

According to the Official Site of the United States Government, “In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.”

Women have never been required to register with Selective Service and are currently not obligated to.

However, that may be subject to change.

In June of 2016, the United States Senate voted on a bill that would allow women who will turn 18 after January 1, 2018, to register for Selective Service.

This will be monumental in working to expand the role of women within military forces and eliminating gender bias and restrictive policies.

The Official Site of the United States Government wrote, “The service branches continue to move forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.”

Many deem it about time that the divide between the sexes be eliminated, yet some conservative policy makers oppose the bill.

Dimond Junior Denali Bunker said, “I think that times are changing and one of the ways women can climb the social ladder is if we are also required to sign up for Selective Service at 18. We all known that if men are capable of fighting for the country then so are women. There is definitely not enough women in the military, and signing up for Selective Service will help eliminate the gender inequality there. ”

Dimond Junior Theodis Talbert said, “I think women should be put in the draft. Women are equal so to exclude them from the draft is unfair. They may have to work harder than men because of physiological differences, but they are just as capable in the army. Why should they be treated differently?”

Many teenagers, whom this law will eventually affect, are supportive of the bill.

Junior Kenzie Lindemann said, “I think women should be allowed to at least sign up for the draft because men go through the same process. If there were to be an active draft, I would obviously be scared, but I realize men feel the same way.”

What is interesting is the how older policy makers are opposing this legislation, even though it will not affect them.

If this is to ultimately pass, it should be up to those who will be affected by having to sign up for Selective Service.