There is a chance that women may be forced to sign up with the US military draft by the beginning of 2018 if the government approves a proposal from the armed services committee. This would mean that both genders would be subject to serve during war. The bill summary read, “Because the Department of Defense has lifted the ban on women serving in ground combat units, the committee believes there is no further justification in limiting the duty to register under the Military Selective Service Act to men. Furthermore, each uniformed chief of the services testified to their personal support of including women in the requirement to register for selective service.”
Throughout history, women have never been required to sign up to the Selective Service, which is the independent agency that logs information on those potentially subject to conscription. Back in 2015, the Pentagon announced the requirement that all military jobs must be open to women, which includes ground combat roles.
Californian Republican congressman Duncan Hunter said on his website, “It’s wrong and irresponsible to make wholesale changes to the way America fights its wars without the American people having a say on whether their daughters and sisters will be on the front lines of combat. 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.”
Utah Republican senator Mike Lee, who voted against the policy bill, commented, “For many American families, [this is] a deeply controversial – decision that deserves to be resolved by Congress after a robust and transparent debate in front of the American people, instead of buried in an embargoed document that is passed every year to fund military pay and benefits.”