(Almost) One Step for Womankind, One Leap for the Military
Last week the Senate approved a military policy bill that would require women who turn 18 on or after January 1, 2018 to register for the draft. The punishment for not registering for the draft is loss of federal aid; in order to avoid changing current aid arrangements, the bill will not affect women who are already 18 or older (so not you TCU women). There hasn’t been a draft since 1973, and women were barred from the draft in 1981 by the Supreme Court. Though the bill has passed in the Senate with support from both parties, it was not without controversy. Many conservatives were against it, including Ted Cruz (R) who said “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls in combat in my mind makes little sense at all.” Supporters include many women of the Senate, but it was John McCain (R) who said, “I respect the senator from Texas’s view. Too bad that view is not shared by our military leadership, the ones who have had the experience in combat with women.” We’ll see what the House does with this bill.
For more information on the bill, click here.