Now that women are allowed to serve in combat roles, Kristen Tsetsi thinks it’s logical that women also be required to register for Selective Service just like men; and face the same consequences if they don’t.
The Connecticut writer and feminist recently logged onto the Selective Service website to enter her name onto the draft rolls. As soon as she clicked “female” though, she was redirected to a page explaining that women do not register for the draft.
Tsetsi does not accept that.
“Not only should we be equally obligated to defend the country if the need arises and we’re physically capable, but we should be so committed to our value in the military that we’re willing to accept the less glamorous side of our participation, which is registering for the draft,” she told Women’s eNews…
Tsetsi said that requiring women to register for the draft is more than symbolic, given the consequences that men face for not registering.
“It would be mere symbolism if registering for the draft were completely voluntary for men or if it didn’t threaten punishment for those who don’t register,” she said.
Jennifer Burke, a spokesperson for the Selective Service, said that more than 100,000 names and addresses of men suspected of dodging registration were reported to the Department of Justice last year.
The penalties for such men can be tangible, she added. “National headquarters and our data management center receive calls, emails, faxes and letters daily from men who are being denied financial aid, federal jobs, job training, security clearance and citizenship because they failed to register by law,” she said.
Men who fail to register can also be fined up to $250,000, though Burke said that hasn’t actually happened since the 1980s…
“For the existing law to include women in the Selective Service registration process, it would take a change in the law voted by Congress and approved by the president,” she said.
Way too logical for Selective Service or Congress to deal with.
Actually, I like Charlie Rangel’s approach to the whole question. Reinstate the draft. Specify no exemptions for politicians or their children. That alone should cut down on the number of wars our government seems to require.
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I wrote about this on my blog as well after doing an article review and getting hammered for being ’emotional’. As a female combat veteran I completely agree that women should now have to register for the draft. If we truly want equality – we need to ensure that it is in fact equal.
This should be voted on by the people…not everyone feels the same as you…I believe in equality when it comes to voting, pay, opportunity, etc…however, when a man can carry and deliver another human being into this world and have natural birth as we do…until that happens…we will never be equal…we are different…just because you or others believe that we are equal in all areas…does not give you the right to speak for everyone…lets vote on it…
I believe that what the article speaks to – and Eid’s opinion at the end – is equality of opportunity.
More power to ya Kristen T …
Should women register for the draft? Experts debate as Trump administration challenges court ruling (Stars and Stripes 4/24/19) https://www.stripes.com/should-women-register-for-the-draft-experts-debate-as-trump-administration-challenges-court-ruling-1.578544
With obstacles to women serving in the military’s most dangerous, front-line combat jobs now eliminated, they should be required to register for the draft, former military leaders told a commission analyzing the U.S. Selective Service System.
It would be unconstitutional to continue to require men to register for the draft and exempt women, said Jill Hasday, a constitutional law professor at the University of Minnesota. Her stance on the issue matches the findings in February of a federal judge who ruled the current system violated the U.S. Constitution but stopped short of ordering its end.
But not everyone agrees that women should be made to register for the draft, a tool meant to supply the military with critical combat power in the time of a national wartime emergency, which has not been used since the Vietnam War.
That topic, long debated within the United States, was the subject of a hearing Thursday before the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, an 11-member panel appointed by Congress to study the Selective Service program and make recommendations on its future.