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Should the registration of a military draft be mandatory for women?




A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an all-male military draft could be revived, after the Pentagon changed its policy on women in combat. Here, soldiers attend a ceremony in Arlington, Va., earlier this year.
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an all-male military draft could be revived, after the Pentagon changed its policy on women in combat. Here, soldiers attend a ceremony in Arlington, Va., earlier this year.
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The issue of women joining the military draft is being brought to the fore in a recent congressional argument.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee, the effort would make it mandatory for women to sign up for the draft when they turn 18. But some Republicans are fighting against this idea, warning that mothers would be taken away from their children in the time of a draft. Those in favor of women joining the registration say this would make things more equal, and there shouldn’t be any question of a women registering if men are required to.

But there are a lot of nuanced views on the possibility of women joining a draft, and the ongoing argument about whether a draft should be on the table at all. What do you think about women joining a mandatory draft registration?

Guests:

Nora Bensahel, Ph.D., military analyst at American University where her focus includes U.S. defense policy, military operations and force structure

Julie Mastrine, started a petition in 2016 against the mandatory military draft of women; she is also manager of brand public relations and marketing at Care2, an online petition site