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Wed Apr 27, 2016, 10:15 PM

House Committee Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft

Source: Associated Press

House Committee Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft

By RICHARD LARDNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON Apr 27, 2016, 10:11 PM ET

The House Armed Services Committee approved a measure Wednesday requiring women to register for the military draft, a move that comes just a few months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units.

In a twist that presages how contentious further debate may be, the author of the amendment voted against his own measure. It passed the committee by a vote of 32-30.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a former Marine who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, doesn't support drafting women into combat and he's opposed to opening infantry and special operations positions to women. He said he offered the measure to trigger a discussion about how the Pentagon's decision in December to rescind gender restrictions on military service failed to consider whether the exclusion on drafting women also should be lifted.

That's a call for Congress to make, Hunter said, not the executive branch. "I think we should make this decision," he said. "It's the families that we represent who are affected by this."

At times, Hunter evoked graphic images of combat in an apparent attempt to convince committee members that drafting women would lead to them being sent directly into harm's way.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 27, 2016, 10:37 PM

1. If we are forced to still have a draft

 

it is only appropriate now that women are qualified for combat roles that they now must also registered for SS at 18.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 27, 2016, 10:49 PM

2. All the more reason to register to vote on the same day.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 08:05 AM

3. No problem but they will need to pass the ERA first. nt

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