Top Military Officials Decide That Women Are Now Required To Register For The Draft

When we think of equality we tend to think of the benefits: equal pay, financial independence, autonomy over our bodies (fingers crossed that will happen in the near future), and an overall culture of respect and possibilities. We generally don’t think of the less appealing facets of equality — in this case, registering for the military draft.

Just last month when the ban was lifted for women in all military combat roles, one of the pressing questions was: “Should women now be required to enter the draft?”

For many military leaders the obvious answer was yes. General Mark Milley, the chief staff of the army, testified in front of the Senate Armed Service Committee on Tuesday, saying that because combat positions are now open for all genders, any U.S. citizen aged 18-26 should be required to sign up given the need.

General Robert Neller, commander of the Marine Corps echoed Milley’s sentiments, saying:

“Now that the restrictions that exempted women from combat jobs don’t exist, then you’re a citizen of a United States. It doesn’t mean you’re going to serve, but you go register.”

Right now the Selective Service is actively fighting two lawsuits. One that claims it’s unfair for only men to register for the draft, and the other stating it’s unfair for women to be unable to register. Both would be resolved if women were required to sign up for the draft, and really — it’s only fair.

(Marie Claire)