Democrats in the Senate have proposed amending the 2022 defense policy bill to require women to register for the draft.
According to a Politico report published on Monday, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has introduced legislation to expand the registration requirement to include women. The current registration mandate applies only to males when they reach the age of 18, and violators face fines or imprisonment.
The draft was abolished in the United States in 1975, but the Selective Service System was kept in place in case of a national emergency. All male American citizens between the ages of 18 and 26 are required to register.
Although the United States has not used a draft for soldiers since 1972, the inclusion of women in the Selective Service System has always been controversial. Previously, Congress considered integrating women into the system, but the change never made it through the annual defense policy bill negotiations.
However, despite a Marine Corps study showing that all-male units outperformed mixed (male and female units) and that female troops were more than twice as likely to be injured, the Obama administration opened up all combat roles to women in 2015.
Several lawsuits have been filed, alleging that the current draft law violates the constitution. The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a case filed by the National Coalition for Men last month, but three justices stated that the current mandate is “out of date.”
Last month, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by former President Donald Trump, and two other justices issued an opinion in saying that exempting women from the draft requirement made no sense in a military that had “changed dramatically.”
“It remains to be seen, of course, whether Congress will end gender-based registration under the Military Selective Service Act. But at least for now, the Court’s long standing deference to Congress on matters of national defense and military affairs cautions against granting review while Congress actively weighs the issue,” wrote Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Breyer and Justice Kavanaugh.
This monumental decision to uproot the previous conditions of the draft is just one of several controversial “woke” issues that the Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to consider.