In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 with an amendment requiring young women to register with Selective Service for a possible future draft. This behind closed doors action faced immediate criticism—as did certain Senators who supported it! On September 1, the House Armed Services Committee adopted a similar amendment with five Republicans joining 30 out of 31 Democrats.
Now, NDAA legislation overturning the male-only draft and rejecting all arguments justified by the demands of military combat moves to the full House and Senate for debate. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee led a coalition letter to the 117th Congress asking members to oppose any legislation that would have such an effect. A fact sheet on the issue can be found here.
We celebrate the many critical roles women embrace in every stage of life, but we reject the baseless notion that women’s equality means sameness with men. The Selective Service, the mechanism for calling a military draft, is not a social experiment. There is no place in our military for political agendas that undermine the critical objectives of national defense. Conscripting young women to fight on the frontlines of war ignores God-given distinctions between the sexes that have everything to do with military readiness in a wartime crisis. Congress can respect women and their role in serving our nation without forcing the military to be co-opted into a broader ideological project.
American women are free to serve and proud to serve, but they should not be forced to serve.
Contact your Members of Congress TODAY and urge them to oppose this unjustified reversal in military policy!