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Forcing the issue

Lawmakers introduce bill requiring women to register for draft

By WITW Staff on February 5, 2016

Two Republican Representatives have introduced legislation on Thursday to require women to register for the draft. The action comes on the heels of the Congressional testimony of two Generals who had argued women should be required to do so, now the military has opened up all combat positions to women. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana, both veterans, believe the military made the decision to open up combat roles to women ignoring research from the Marines and other special forces, and without consulting the American people. “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,” Hunter said in a statement.

Under their bill, women between the ages of 18 and 26, just like men, would be required to register for Selective Service — in case the draft would ever get reactivated. The new requirement would go into action either 90 days after their legislation is enacted, or 90 days after the Defense Secretary certifies to Congress that all combat roles are open to women. “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,” said Hunter.

Read the full story at Fox News.