Commonwealth Policy Center

The United States military has been an all-volunteer force for many years and has not had to implement a draft since the Vietnam War. Yet, all men are still required to register for the draft when they turn 18 or face penalties. But if a provision in a defense bill passes Congress, women would also be required to register for the draft. This bill has passed its Senate Committee and is now headed to the whole Senate. It has received some opposition from Republicans, but it may not be enough. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) said, “America’s daughters shouldn’t be drafted against their will.” We are thankful that many women are willing to put their lives on the line by serving in the military, but forcing females to fight our wars is far from what any just society does.