Women Don’t Need to be Drafted to Serve Their Country
Congress recently made headlines with the introduction of a bill to require women to register for the draft. This comes after talks to open military combat positions to women. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-California), a co-author of the bill, said, "If this administration wants to send 18, 20-year-old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives." The bill would mean that women between 18 and 26 would have to register within 90 days of the enactment of the bill or 90 days after all military combat positions are open to women.
Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz recently spoke on the matter at a town hall: "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain’t doing it."
Make no mistake, Mr. Cruz. Women are more than capable of serving in all combat positions and of handling the draft, if it came to that. However, there is no reason we should have to face draft registration. There's no reason anyone should.
1973 was the last time US civilians were affected by the draft. Not since the Vietnam era has the need for military personnel been so in demand by the government. As history tells us, even then, the draft was not a popular piece of legislation. Anti-war protests and related movements of the time bear witness to this fact.
Thankfully, it is no longer 1973. This is the 21st century, and the antiquated draft has no role in the lives of men and women. For decades the military has relied entirely on volunteers. There are plenty of people willing to serve Uncle Sam when he calls, and if the time comes again, there will continue to be. Numbers will not dwindle in the absence of a draft.
If women's increased involvement in the military proves anything, it is that there are more than enough people willing to defend their country. Women are ready and willing to make their mark in the military. There is no need to force a draft on us. We are already in line.
Amanda is a student at Pace University studying communication, politics and psychology. Along with a small team she helps run PaceUEndRape, an on-campus movement dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault and safety. When she isn't writing she can be found on Netflix or on Pinterest. She's an anglophile who is obsessed with the royal family, The Beatles and Downton Abbey. Follow her on Twitter: @amanda_perez724