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This year’s National Defense Authorization Act proposes women sign up for the draft




Female and male Marine recruits listen to instructions as they prepare for a swimming test during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.
Female and male Marine recruits listen to instructions as they prepare for a swimming test during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.
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Late last year women were approved to officially serve in all combat positions in the military, a decision that remains controversial among rank-and-file soldiers.

Last night the NDAA left committee for the floor and it includes a provision that would require women to also sign up for the draft at age 18.

It was introduced by California Representative Duncan Hunter, an Iraq veteran who would actually not like to see women drafted, but would rather re-hash the debate about women’s roles in combat on the House floor.  

However, a draft has not been instituted since 1973, while yesterday, with perfect timing, it was announced that Captain Kristen Griest, the first female Army Ranger, will now become the army’s first female infantry officer.

Guests:

Kate Germano, Soon-to-be retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel; Incoming Chief Operating Officer of Service Women’s Action Network

Joe Davis, National Spokesman for Veterans of Foreign Wars