November 17, 2021

Should Women Be Eligible for the Draft? Defense Bill Stirs Up Military Debate

Source: McClatchy DC

Journalists: Francesca Chambers, Daniel Desrochers

A measure that would make young women eligible for the military draft that is moving through Congress and could become law soon is stirring up a long-standing debate about the role of women in the military.

The provision that would require college-aged women to sign up for Selective Service is included in the annual defense spending bill that passed in the House and is up for a vote in the Senate this week.

“This is a piece of being a citizen, of being a complete citizen. And when we talk about the real, like normative change in women gaining access to more aspects of power, this cannot be understated,” said Kyleanne Hunter, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an assistant professor of military and strategic studies at the United States Air Force Academy.

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  • Kyleanne Hunter

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, PhD, is a Marine Corps combat veteran with multiple combat deployments as an AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack pilot. She finished her active duty time in the Ma...