Excluding Women From Military Draft

Aaliyah Coe, Contributor

U.S. Marine Corps Forces EuropeWomen with a U.S. Marine Female Engagement Team operating in Europe demonstrated their capabilities in Marine Corps martial arts, non-lethal weapons, foreign weapons handling and combat lifesaving to Romanian and U.S. soldiers in Romania, 29 Sept., 2016. The Marines spent two weeks doing military-to-military and military-to-civilian engagements to enhance regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michelle Reif)

“Men and women are now similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft. If there ever was a time to discuss the place of women in the armed services, that time has passed.” A recent statement in Federal Judge Gray Miller ruling may require women to register for demanded drafts in the armed forces. In 2015, the Pentagon opened all combat roles to women. The Military Selective Service Act requires all American men between the ages of 18 through 26 to register for selection of draft in the armed forces. Will the Military Selective Service Act one day apply to women?

While the prospect of equality for men and women shows sign of progress for the armed forces, some believe that requiring women to draft will have no effect to the enlistment. The Army opened special operation jobs, ie. Special Forces, to women, but the selection was strained. It was not until November 2018 when the first woman earned her green beret. When asked how she felt about the possibility of women being included in military draft, Sergeant First Class retired Audrey Coe who served in the Army for 20 years commented, “Females are consistently breaking barriers when it relates to any type of combative scenarios. Female soldiers have served in many combat situation by deploying to locations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat areas. I do not think the Military Selective Service Act will make a significant change to how females enlist or serve in Armed Forces.”

The draft requirement of the Military Service Act has not been executed for more than 40 years. The possibility of using the act may not be necessary because the demands for recruitment are not relevant as much as they were when the act was active. This does not dismiss the progress any future changes that may go into effect requiring women to register for draft.