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Do You Think Women Should Be Required to Register for the Draft?

Is Military Draft for Women the Next Change to Come?

Posted by Jeanne Sager

soldierIt wasn't as a woman that I reacted to the news that women can now serve in front-line combat jobs. It was as the mother of a daughter. Because I could sense what was coming next: a debate over whether or not American women will have to register for the draft.

As it stands, we do not. The announcement last week from Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, lifting the restrictions on women in the military, does not change the methods followed by the Selective Service. But that hasn't stopped people from calling for the change.

After all, if the draft can call our sons to arms, why not our daughters? If one sexist wall has been broken down, why not the next?

Valid questions, both of them. The value one mother puts on the life of her child cannot outweigh the value of another. Human life equals human life. Which is why my questions are different.

If not my daughter, why your sons? Why should we talk of expanding the draft instead of abandoning it entirely?

A few days ago we were talking about allowing women who want to serve more abilities to do so. Suddenly we're talking about finding a way to force them to serve. But why? Why, in 2013, in the United States of America, would we want to force anyone to serve?

Aren't we, after all, a nation that prides itself on freedom?

I ask these questions not just as the mother of a daughter but as the daughter and granddaughter both of men who served in our United States Navy during wartime. My father was not drafted during Vietnam. Instead, he signed up.

Uncle Sam did not need the draft to call him to serve. He did not need the draft to draw a number of my cousins who are currently serving. He did need the draft to bring the estimated 1.8 million female veterans of the American military or the estimated 214,098 American women currently serving in our armed forces.

In fact, it should be noted that women haven't demanded they be drafted in order to serve our country on the front lines. The fight has been much more direct. Women asked, asked, and asked some more, to be allowed to serve on the front lines in combat.

If there's any better sign of the irrelevance of the draft, I can't think of one. Here you have a sector of the population that could avoid completely even the faintest risk of being put in harm's way, and they've actively lobbied to be there. Pride in America, pride in serving in our military is alive and well and does not need to be forced upon our citizenry.

For some, military service is, quite simply, a calling. And for them, this mother, this granddaughter, this daughter, is thankful. I value those who have served, who serve, who will serve for what they have given me even as I fear the very idea of my daughter ever being forced into that life (should it not be her choice).

I value the freedom they protect ... freely.

Do you think women should be required to register for the draft?

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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Dani_Lynn
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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If we are all about equality, yes, females should also have to sign for select service.
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jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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Absolutely...  And I say this with a grain of salt so don't get your panties in a twist - if these damn women want to be equal so much - then absolutely - they should be the first in line to register for the selective service.  If women can do the same job as men - prove it - make it ALL equal across the damn board!

Oh?  No?  What's this?  Women shouldn't because (insert some lame ass excuse here)?  You can't CAN'T have it both ways and certainly shouldn't.

Templeoftrust
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I think it should be a choice for both men and woman, i personally dont agree with the draft but thats how i feel on it. And not every person on the frontline wants to be there, that is understandable. But those who choose to join the military have to understand that they could one day be called to be there.


Quoting 4ever-SJ:

And what about the men who don't want to be on the front lines?


Quoting Templeoftrust:

No i personally would not want to be drafted it should be a choice and not required. If woman want to be put in the front lines that is one thing.




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4ever-SJ
by Gold Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM
And I believe everyone who enjoys the privilege of citizenship should bear some responsibility for it, including serving in defense of our nation.


Quoting Templeoftrust:

I think it should be a choice for both men and woman, i personally dont agree with the draft but thats how i feel on it. And not every person on the frontline wants to be there, that is understandable. But those who choose to join the military have to understand that they could one day be called to be there.



Quoting 4ever-SJ:

And what about the men who don't want to be on the front lines?





Quoting Templeoftrust:

No i personally would not want to be drafted it should be a choice and not required. If woman want to be put in the front lines that is one thing.







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Templeoftrust
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

This is true i agree with you on that to an extend...but there are other ways of of enjoying the privileges of citizenship, it doesnt have to be by defensing the country; it can be by being a good samaritan or volunteering to help those in need in their country.


Quoting 4ever-SJ:

And I believe everyone who enjoys the privilege of citizenship should bear some responsibility for it, including serving in defense of our nation.


Quoting Templeoftrust:

I think it should be a choice for both men and woman, i personally dont agree with the draft but thats how i feel on it. And not every person on the frontline wants to be there, that is understandable. But those who choose to join the military have to understand that they could one day be called to be there.



Quoting 4ever-SJ:

And what about the men who don't want to be on the front lines?





Quoting Templeoftrust:

No i personally would not want to be drafted it should be a choice and not required. If woman want to be put in the front lines that is one thing.









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CJTC0911
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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Nope! Although, I would hope my son wouldn't be forced to either! If he wants to, now that's another thing! I don't think it's a safe situation to make people who may be freightened to go off to war go, they aren't going to be helping or protecting anyone. They will be putting other people at risk!
toni77
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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Not all of us have wanted equal rights. I'm quite happy being domesticated.
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toni77
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM
The idea of everyone joining the military isn't an entirely bad idea, but where would you even start?


Quoting COcowgirlKris:

 Im sure I will get flack but people can deal with it. Hell yes we should. If we are allowed to be in the military as more than nurses (which is all we were for the most part when the draft came about) then we should be drafted like the guys. The draft only happens if enough people dont volunteer. Since we dont have that problem there isnt a need to worry aobout people getting drafted. We want equal rights in every aspect of life well that is another that needs to be made equal.


Another thing, I am one who believes we should put every able bodied person into the military for 4 years it will teach respect honor work ethic etc then people could choose to stay or get out but our country would be a lot less fat unhealthy and lazy if we did it. We would also be the most well trained civilians in the world if we did that as well. Who would mess with us knowing that we dont just have a highly trained military but that every citizen in the nation is trained?  


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loving2live
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I hope it's never a necessity to implement a draft, because I think the entitled-lazy-bossy mindset that is getting so popular with today's youth would make our military a disaster.

But I like the idea of a female draft even less. Whenever a deployment (or even PT test) is on the horizon, it's amazing how many females suddenly pop pregnant. And those are females who chose to serve. I think if there was a female draft, there would be a baby boom just to avoid being selected.

Also, if men and woman are going to be in combat fighting side by side, it's about time we equalized the PT standard. Why do women want equality, but never push to raise their standard to equal men's in things like PT?
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TippyD
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM
After graduation they go to boot camp and go do some sort of publicans c service (emt cops fire fighters etc) for 4 years. I think it would give more people pride in our country to serve it.


Quoting toni77:

The idea of everyone joining the military isn't an entirely bad idea, but where would you even start?




Quoting COcowgirlKris:

 Im sure I will get flack but people can deal with it. Hell yes we should. If we are allowed to be in the military as more than nurses (which is all we were for the most part when the draft came about) then we should be drafted like the guys. The draft only happens if enough people dont volunteer. Since we dont have that problem there isnt a need to worry aobout people getting drafted. We want equal rights in every aspect of life well that is another that needs to be made equal.



Another thing, I am one who believes we should put every able bodied person into the military for 4 years it will teach respect honor work ethic etc then people could choose to stay or get out but our country would be a lot less fat unhealthy and lazy if we did it. We would also be the most well trained civilians in the world if we did that as well. Who would mess with us knowing that we dont just have a highly trained military but that every citizen in the nation is trained?  



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