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house Bill H.R. 4478

Requiring Women to Register for the Draft

Argument in favor

If women are going to be allowed into more significant combat roles within the U.S. military, they should have to register for the draft as men do and face the same penalties for failing to register.

Shannon's Opinion
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02/24/2016
As the wife of a soldier, I strongly feel our country would make different choices about how we use our military if everyone shared the burden. I'm in favor of a system like Germany's, where every citizen is required to serve two years either in the military or public service. If lawmakers and voters were more connected to the people in harm's way, I believe they would be much more thoughtful about the wars we engage in.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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02/18/2016
Where's the gender equality the Left speaks so fondly of?
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Justin's Opinion
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02/17/2016
If women really want to be equal with men, they should be held to the same standards as men, no questions asked
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Argument opposed

Women should only be required to register for the draft if they’re participating in all combat roles. Not only that, but the U.S. hasn’t used a military draft in decades, so registering is unnecessary for now.

Dapper's Opinion
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02/21/2016
No one should be required to register for the draft regardless of gender.
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Hannah's Opinion
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02/26/2016
Since the Equal Rights Amendment has never passed, women are technically NOT equal under the eyes of the law. Pass the ERA first.
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jess's Opinion
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02/21/2016
Maybe after we address the disparity in women's political representation and participation, occupational segregation, the gender pay gap, and the unequal distribution of household labor. Women aren't treated equally in this country, no matter which way you slice it.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2016

What is House Bill H.R. 4478?

This bill — known as the Draft America’s Daughters Act — would require women to register for the draft within 90 days of the legislation’s enactment or within 90 days of the Dept. of Defense (DOD) opening all combat specialties to women. 

Registration would be done through the Selective Service System — an independent agency tasked with implementing the military draft if the U.S. returns to using compulsory enlistment to grow the ranks of the Armed Forces. Under current law, women are not permitted to register.

The same age requirements for draft registration as apply to men would be in effect for women, so ladies between the ages of 18 and 26 would be required to keep a current registration on file with Selective Service.

Individuals must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday, and notify Selective Service within 10 days of changing any information they provided on their initial registration form.

Failing to register for the draft can impact an individual’s eligibility for federal student loans and grants, government jobs, and job training. Immigrants who reside in the U.S. but are non-citizens are also required to register for the draft, and failing to do so may lead to their being denied U.S. citizenship by Citizenship and Immigration Services. Failing to register for the draft is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 or a prison term of up to five years, as is aiding someone’s non-registration.

Impact

Women between the age of 18 and 26; the military; Selective Service; and the Dept. of Defense.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4478

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced this legislation to give Congress an opportunity to lobby against the DOD allowing women to participate in all combat roles, adding that he may vote against it should it proceed to the House floor:

“It’s wrong and irresponsible to make wholesale changes to the way America fights its wars without the American people having a say on whether their daughters and sisters will be on the front lines of combat. If this Administration wants to send 18-20 year old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives... This discussion should have occurred before decision making of any type, but the fact that it didn’t now compels Congress to take a honest and thorough look at the issue.”

Beginning in January 2016, the DOD lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service, thereby allowing women to serve in combat roles. Subsequently, the commandant of the Marine Corps and the Army Chief of Staff both recommended that women register for the draft if all combat jobs are open to women.



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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user expertinfantry)

AKA

Draft America's Daughters Act of 2016

Official Title

To amend the Military Selective Service Act to extend the registration and conscription requirements of the Selective Service System, currently applicable only to men between the ages of 18 and 26, to women between those ages to reflect the opening of Combat Arms Military Occupational Specialties to women.

    As the wife of a soldier, I strongly feel our country would make different choices about how we use our military if everyone shared the burden. I'm in favor of a system like Germany's, where every citizen is required to serve two years either in the military or public service. If lawmakers and voters were more connected to the people in harm's way, I believe they would be much more thoughtful about the wars we engage in.
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    No one should be required to register for the draft regardless of gender.
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    Since the Equal Rights Amendment has never passed, women are technically NOT equal under the eyes of the law. Pass the ERA first.
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    Maybe after we address the disparity in women's political representation and participation, occupational segregation, the gender pay gap, and the unequal distribution of household labor. Women aren't treated equally in this country, no matter which way you slice it.
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    Where's the gender equality the Left speaks so fondly of?
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    Military service should not be forced upon any citizen.
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    No one should have to register. End it for all.
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    If women really want to be equal with men, they should be held to the same standards as men, no questions asked
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    For full equality, we must take the all downsides of citizenship and life with the upsides. The draft is only there for just in case we need it, which hopefully we won't again, and if we do, everyone should be required to take their chances. That's part of equality. And yes, boys in the comments who think they're sticking it to feminists, we feminists believe women should be subject to the same laws as men, including the draft, to be equal.
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    No one, man or women, should be made to fight a war. If the American people want war, we will make our message very clear. We will not let our government force us into another multi-trillion war game and gamble with our young male lives because the enemy "has WMDs" when they are actually looking for war profits.
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    No one, regardless of gender, should be required to register for the draft.
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    Liberals and far left feminists got their way. The American people need to see the full impact of liberal policies. If the draft is enacted again, women should be included. Men don't get to choose in the time of a draft. Why should women be treated differently? Congrats, liberal feminists! This is what 'equality ' looks like.
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    Men should not be required to register either. If you can't get enough people to fight voluntarily, there shouldn't be a war.
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    We haven't need a draft since Vietnam, and when the draft was called, national outraged was sparked. We should simply do away with the draft. America has the strongest military in the world, we shouldn't be telling people who don't believe in a fight to fight anyways. Simply ditch the draft- don't turn it into a gender war.
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    As a female in the military, I think every American citizen should be responsible for fulfilling the call to arms should the US enter a time where the draft needs to be utilized.
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    Equal rights and opportunity = equal responsibility.
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    Women should not be in combat roles. Therefore I will always vote against drafting them into the military, regardless if a draft is going on or not. We are not barbarians. We are Americans. We defend our women. Their roles in the military are much needed in intelligence, but not combat.
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    I do not think they should be required. However, I think they should be ALLOWED to register for the draft. They may not wish to go directly into active service but would be willing to join the fight if needed.
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    We can either open the draft to include women, or abolish it altogether (which is what I would personally choose.) Either one would help ensure gender equality in the military.
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    Women fight for equal rights, this is just another thing involved in equal rights...
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