US Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft
The United Sates Senate approved a bill Tuesday that could require women to register for the Selective Service, AKA the draft. The New York Times reports that the new policy has "surprisingly broad support" with women in both parties.
Starting on January 1, 2018, the part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 would require that women who turn 18 on or after the first of January 2018 to register with Selective Service, that same as 18 year-old men are currently required to do. Not registering would lead to the loss of several types of Federal aid, including collage financial aid.
"It’s my personal view...every American who’s physically qualified should register for the draft.”” Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in February.
The United States has not had an active military draft since 1973. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. If the new Selective Service requirements stay in the bill and survive any conference committee changes, it would then move to the President for his signature or veto.