Women are slowly being afforded more equal opportunity in the United States military and may eventually share an additional responsibility with men on their eighteenth birthday: enlisting in the draft. Army Secretary John McHugh said this week that if the objective for the military “writ large” is “true and pure equality,” then “you have to look at all aspects,” including the draft. Congress will be responsible for the decision and McHugh said he expects will be a “pretty emotional debate.” Males age 18 to 25 are currently required by law to enlist in in the Selective Service System within 30 days of their eighteenth birthday and violations of this policy can result in felony charges. Almost 17 million male citizens and non-citizen immigrants are currently registered for Selective Service in the United States.
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