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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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TippyD
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM
In general I do believe that with "women being equal " they should get the same benefits the guys do. That includes going and signing up for selective service on their 18th birthday. Women cant want it both ways "treat me as an equal to males but font make me deal with the same down sides! " God willingly we never see the draft implemented again. But. There is no telling :/
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AnAnxiousHeart
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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My feelings on it too.

Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Yes.
adrianna1043
by Adrianna on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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Yep, those calling for equality can speak for themselves. If a draft is instituted it would most likely be the result of a large-scale conflict. In that case, I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough to realize strategy, and technology are going to benefits the most. Not a herd of 18 year old girls that don't want to be there. Stupid, and idealistic.

Quoting AnAnxiousHeart:

My feelings on it too.



Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.
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jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

But it sooo worked when they were throwing out those 18 year old BOYS during Korea and Vietnam...

Quoting adrianna1043:

Yep, those calling for equality can speak for themselves. If a draft is instituted it would most likely be the result of a large-scale conflict. In that case, I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough to realize strategy, and technology are going to benefits the most. Not a herd of 18 year old girls that don't want to be there. Stupid, and idealistic.

Quoting AnAnxiousHeart:

My feelings on it too.



Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.



adrianna1043
by Adrianna on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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Those were unnecessary conflicts, I hope we have learned from them but I know we haven't. If we do engage in extreme unnecessary conflicts in the future I will not sleep soundly knowing little girls are out there protecting me.

Quoting jas_momof2:

But it sooo worked when they were throwing out those 18 year old BOYS during Korea and Vietnam...

Quoting adrianna1043:

Yep, those calling for equality can speak for themselves. If a draft is instituted it would most likely be the result of a large-scale conflict. In that case, I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough to realize strategy, and technology are going to benefits the most. Not a herd of 18 year old girls that don't want to be there. Stupid, and idealistic.



Quoting AnAnxiousHeart:

My feelings on it too.





Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.


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JTriches
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

NO

toni77
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM
So the ones that are already a "strain" on our society? I'm only curious
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Dani_Lynn
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM
But you will knowing little boys that never wanted to be there are? There are enough support MOSs where women and girls certainly could be utilized in the event of large scale conflict. The same ones women have filled for decades.

Quoting adrianna1043:

Those were unnecessary conflicts, I hope we have learned from them but I know we haven't. If we do engage in extreme unnecessary conflicts in the future I will not sleep soundly knowing little girls are out there protecting me.



Quoting jas_momof2:

But it sooo worked when they were throwing out those 18 year old BOYS during Korea and Vietnam...

Quoting adrianna1043:

Yep, those calling for equality can speak for themselves. If a draft is instituted it would most likely be the result of a large-scale conflict. In that case, I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough to realize strategy, and technology are going to benefits the most. Not a herd of 18 year old girls that don't want to be there. Stupid, and idealistic.





Quoting AnAnxiousHeart:

My feelings on it too.







Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.


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adrianna1043
by Adrianna on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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I see some validity to your perspective, however I have a couple of issues with the critical thinking behind the overall suggestion in this post. I'm a physics buff, astro and mechanical, my perspective on life usually is based on probabilities and possibilities, mixed with humor. That being said I see holes all over the place with giving the government carte blanche on something this sweeping.

First of all after being ten years at war without the draft being instituted, the situation is a arm chair exchange in hypothetical possibilities. Should or could they happened I would hope that the military wouldn't be the great equalizer. Just because someone says we are the same doesn't make it true. Not even a little bit. Sure I agree that the quality of the service goes down in times of the draft, a volunteer force is far superior that's been time proven. That in no way validates the argument, "if men can do it so can the women". That is an assumption based on what? Opinions, who's opinions? Everyone? The majority? Nope, some faction of bs on a liberal dominated website, and a guy with vagina envy that made a policy change that makes no sense and has no reasonable plan on implementing it.

Secondly, once the government has that kind of reach its not going to be used ideally. It's going to be used how they want it, and by they I mean politicians. We all know how they operate.



Quoting Dani_Lynn:

But you will knowing little boys that never wanted to be there are? There are enough support MOSs where women and girls certainly could be utilized in the event of large scale conflict. The same ones women have filled for decades.



Quoting adrianna1043:

Those were unnecessary conflicts, I hope we have learned from them but I know we haven't. If we do engage in extreme unnecessary conflicts in the future I will not sleep soundly knowing little girls are out there protecting me.





Quoting jas_momof2:

But it sooo worked when they were throwing out those 18 year old BOYS during Korea and Vietnam...

Quoting adrianna1043:

Yep, those calling for equality can speak for themselves. If a draft is instituted it would most likely be the result of a large-scale conflict. In that case, I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough to realize strategy, and technology are going to benefits the most. Not a herd of 18 year old girls that don't want to be there. Stupid, and idealistic.







Quoting AnAnxiousHeart:

My feelings on it too.









Quoting hellomilla:

I say no. That's because I do not look at women and men as equal when I comes to physical ability. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance physically or emotionally. I also do not agree with women having combat jobs. I'm pretty much as far from a feminist as you can get.


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