This past week the Senate voted on a bill that requires women to sign up for the draft. Although the draft hasn’t been used since the Vietnam War, many conservatives are divided over this bill. Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, said, “It’s my personal view, every American who’s physically qualified should register for the draft.” This decision comes after the lift of the ban on women in combat roles. On the other hand, Senator Ted Cruz said, “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls in combat to my mind makes little sense at all” and “I could not in good conscience vote to draft our daughters into the military, sending them off to war and forcing them into combat.”
I personally think women are extremely capable of fighting for our country (as we’ve already seen with many female soldiers) and that it’s only fair that they must sign up for the draft as well. Senator Cruz seemed worried only about the young girls sent into combat, but I believe it is equally as horrible to send young boys.
John McCain told Ted Cruz on the senate floor, “I respect the senator from Texas’s view. Too bad that view is not shared by our military leadership, the ones who have had the experience in combat with women.” (zing!)
Do you think women should be required to sign up for the draft?