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.