Commission: Women should be eligible for the draft

U.S. Marines discuss a female engagement team training schedule on the deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge on March 4, 2019. The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service recommended in a report to the Pentagon, White House and Congress that selective service registration should be extended to women. TAWANYA NORWOOD/U.S. MARINE CORPS
U.S. Marines discuss a female engagement team training schedule on the deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge on March 4, 2019. The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service recommended in a report to the Pentagon, White House and Congress that selective service registration should be extended to women. TAWANYA NORWOOD/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Commission: Women should be eligible for the draft

by Nikki Wentling
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — A congressionally mandated commission recommended Wednesday that women should be eligible for the draft and required to sign up at 18.

Congress created the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service in 2017 to develop recommendations about the need for a military draft and how to foster an interest in all types of national service among young Americans. In their final report, which was shared with the Pentagon, White House and Congress this week, commissioners recommend extending selective service registration to women.

“Women are as likely as men to be qualified for military service,” said Debra Wada, vice chair of the commission and the former assistant secretary of the Army. “Ensuring they are part of the registration pool will only make sure we’re more prepared. It signals that all Americans may be expected to serve in a national emergency.”

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