Despite not having utilized the draft since Vietnam, America still maintains its Selective Service system through which able-bodied young men between the ages of 18 and 25 must register. Rumors have abounded over the past year of the possibility at re-instating the draft should the military draw too far below its recruiting goals in order to maintain a presence overseas. The personnel shortage has even led to the consideration of expanding the draft’s eligibility through age 34 and including women.
The Supreme Court upheld in 1981 that it was constitutional to exclude women by drafting only men. In Iraq, there is no frontline and all soldiers are exposed to the threat of insurgent violence. Is it time to recognize the modern universality of warfare’s threats and meld the women’s rights movement by requiring them to register for Selective Service?
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