By Jessie Bruner
In a recent debate circulating the nation’s politicians and federal military officers, the vote is still out on whether or not women ages 18 through 25 will be subject to the same law as their male counterparts: the Draft. The Selective Service Law currently states that only men between the ages of 18 and 25 would be required to register, but could that change in the not-so-distant future?
Let’s consider the pros and cons of the new amendment to the Selective Services Law:
-The United States would have ample military services in a time of crisis or emergency. With increasing world issues such as ISIS, terrorism, and nuclear war knocking at its door, the U.S. could be in need of a large military at any moment.
-The mandatory draft could also open up education possibilities that are currently denied to so many women. According to the same article, the military offers many benefits, health and otherwise, to women who choose to serve.
-Women who also feel a sense of obligation to fight physically for their country will fulfill that obligation. Many women currently serving in the military forces respond that they feel satisfied in their need to serve their country, and they feel that they contribute just as much as their male counterparts.
-Also, what woman wouldn’t want the chance to show that women can do anything men can do? If women are for equal rights and feminism, shouldn’t equal rights also yield equal obligations?
-The obvious con of physical strength should be considered. It is a fact that women often do not reach the physical capacities that men do. Women, especially women of small stature, cannot carry or lift the same amount of weight that an average sized male could. This could lead to inequality within members of the same unit, and scrutiny.
-Risk of abuse. Unfortunately, women in the military are subject to more abuse, even in their own units, and torture, if captured by an enemy. We shudder to think about what the enemy would do to captured women. ConnectUS says, “Some women may be built to endure torture of any kind, but others could be ill-prepared for it. Prisoners of war often go through a horrendous amount of physical abuse, but sexual abuse is often thrown in when women are captured by enemies.”
-The family unit. Growing up in a home where the mother is not present has been proven to have extreme negative effects on the home environment. If women are to be subject to the draft, and both parents are enlisted in the military to be taken out of the home, what would this do to their children?
-Females have a tendency to have a more nurturing character. To submit them forcibly to war would contradict. Current Presidential candidate Ted Cruz refers to his own daughters on the matter: “I'm the father of two little girls. I love those girls with all my heart. They are capable of doing anything in their hearts' desire, but the idea that their government would forcibly put them in the foxhole with a 220-pound psychopath trying to kill them, doesn't make any sense at all.” To protect our feminine nature should be a priority. That’s not to say that women who join the military can’t retain that femininity, but, it is more challenging.
All things considered, women offer much to the military force. They have skills to offer and things to contribute to their comrades. But wives and mothers also have duties at home and things to accomplish there. Whatever a woman’s choice may be, she can accomplish what she sets her mind to. However, should the government be allowed to force women into a role that they do not desire, nor, in some case, fit?
No official statement has been made regarding mandatory draft for women. However, the question hangs in the air above millennials’ heads.