Lawmakers introduce bill to make women register for draft

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Marine recruit Cora Ann Lacher from Manuet, NY fires on the rifle range during boot camp February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. All female enlisted Marines and male Marines who were living east of the Mississippi River when they were recruited attend boot camp at Parris Island. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill requiring women to register for the draft.

Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana announced Thursday that the legislation is aimed at provoking a fuller discussion of the Pentagon’s decision to open all combat jobs to women.

Hunter and Zinke say the decision ignores research from the Marine Corps and special operations forces. They also say the decision was made without considering whether women should be drafted and potentially serve on the front lines.

Hunter says it’s unfortunate the Draft America’s Daughters Act had to be introduced and he might even vote against his own bill.

Hunter served in the Marine Corps with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zinke is a former Navy SEAL.

 

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1 Comment

  • Kevin Rahe

    When I first heard about this I thought it was those who’ve been pushing to open all combat roles to women who were behind it. I didn’t like the idea, but I also saw that if one accepts the decisions that have already been made, it’s tough to argue against it.