Pentagon Urges Change to Selective Service Law

Oct 27, 2017

The Pentagon is recommending “that women be required to register for the draft to boost military enrollment.” The Pentagon report said, “It appears that, for the most part, expanding registration for the draft to include women would enhance further the benefits presently associated with the Selective Service System.” The Selective Service System currently registers all males 18 to 25. In the event of war, they could be pressed into military service. Under former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the military began allowing “women to serve in combat roles.” The decision to allow women into combat roles then provoked the military to start thinking about requiring women to register for the draft. The Pentagon report can only suggest a change to the law. Congress would have to amend the current law to require women to register for the draft. In 2016, Congress called for a “yearly review of the draft system” but did not amend it to require registration of women.