29 Nov '16, 10pm

Congress drops plans to make women register for the draft

Lawmakers have officially dropped plans to make women register for the draft, instead opting for a review of the ongoing need for the Selective Service System. The controversial provision had been part of early drafts of the annual defense authorization bill, and narrowly passed a House Armed Services Committee vote last spring. A Senate panel followed suit a few months later. But conservatives in both chambers objected to the provision and stripped it out of the final legislative draft unveiled Tuesday. Under current law, men ages 18 to 26 are required to register for possible involuntary military service with the Selective Service System. Women have been exempt, and past legal challenges have pointed to combat restrictions placed on their military service as a reason for their exclusion.

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/ndaa-women-draft-dr...

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