The US Senate has decided that women should be required to sign up for the draft at 18, starting January 1, 2018. Today, John Burger reported on the many debates arising from this issue:
In the current debate, Concerned Women for America was among several conservative groups registering its opposition to requiring women to register for the draft. “Peak childbearing years for women continue to be cited at 20-35, an age range in line with the 18-26 age group affected by this policy that ignores basic biology,” CWA said in a statement. “We firmly believe in the equality of men and women, but that does not require us to ignore the physical differences and unique risks to women in combat particularly in the case of capture. … The female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards.”
There are many aspects of this decision that may cause concern. The idea of a woman being forced into a position where she could be captured by the enemy is frightening to say the least. The idea of taking women away from their peak fertility years is also a deterrent, but with millennial birth rates hovering near record lows is this as much of a concern? What do you think?