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Register Women for the Draft? (Debate).

How does the U.S. government ensure that we have enough military personnel to protect our nation during a crisis? In times of war, the government has the power to draft people. Legally, men between the ages of 18 and 25 can be called up for military service.

In peacetime, a draft is not needed. But the government still requires men to register, just in case.

The Selective Service, a government agency, keeps the lists of potential draftees. Today, all men in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service when they turn 18.

Women have never been required to register with the Selective Service. That is because many draftees serve as combat soldiers and, traditionally, women have not been used in combat roles. But times change, and so has the role of women in the military. Do you think women should now be part of the draft?

Register Women

yes Today, one out of every five new recruits in the U.S. military is female. Women now pilot planes and serve on ships that go into combat. Since women in the military do many of the same jobs as men, there's no reason to exclude them from Selective Service.

Other countries, including Israel, draft women into their armed forces. Our own congressional leaders have considered adding women to the draft for many years. "I would draft young women," Congresswoman Pat Schroeder told JS in 1976. It's time for women to be part of the draft.

no Don't Register Women

The government often reviews its draft policy, and it has never decided to include women in the Selective Service or the draft. In 1981, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that excluding women from the draft does not violate the due process clause of the Constitution. More recently, in 1994, the Department of Defense decided that draft procedures did not need to be changed to include women.

The draft is used mainly to enlist new combat troops, and very few women fight on the front lines. So, there's no reason for women to be part of the draft or to register with the Selective Service.
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