Women in the Draft

American women could be drafted into the military and forced to go into battle, according to what some lawmakers are saying.

In 1973 the United States discontinued the draft, moving to an all-volunteer military force. However, things could change if there is a showdown with Iran and the American military runs out of man-power. If there is another military draft, it is likely that the United States military would not merely be seeking man-power, but also woman-power.

This is a concern raised by Ron Paul in the last of the Republican debates. He expressed concern that, given the character of America’s wars, the government could conceivably find itself in a situation where they would have to call a draft and, given the push for equality, it is likely that a future draft would apply to women as well as men.

Already numerous politicians are arguing that women should be conscripted to military service in any future draft. For example, Senator Chris Dodd has commented, “I think if you’re going to have registration it ought to be across lines here. You don’t just ask one gender to bear the responsibility. So in my view that [drafting women into the military] would be the fair thing today.”

Former Senator Mike Gravel has argued similarly, stating,Of course women should go into the draft if we have a draft. They should register also. What’s the difference?”

Because our society has been pushing the agenda of equality and androgyny for so long, it has become politically correct to deny that there is any difference between men and women. Hence, Senator Gravel’s comment,What’s the difference?” However, there is a huge difference between drafting men for mandatory service and drafting women.

In our current voluntary system, the women who choose to become soldiers tend to already be those who possess the characteristics of strength and toughness. However, it would be wrong to expect all American women to put themselves in that situation, not least because this would violate the conscience of many Christian women who hold views about role differentiation.

Moreover, compulsory military service for females would also be unsafe, given that the God-given male instinct to protect women could easily lead to compromised battlefield scenarios. Given the fact that women who are captured in battle can be raped and sexually abused, common sense says that the pro-woman position is to protect them from the horrors of battle. However, this is one of those topsy turvy issues in which those who have the best interests of women in mind (and therefore to confine any future draft to males) are being accused of being anti-woman.

7 thoughts on “Women in the Draft

  1. Men captured in middle eastern wars are raped. This has been observed in the various conflicts there. If men can face this jeopardy, what’s the difference with having women face it as well? If one group in the population must face hazards for the good of the country, shouldn’t everyone else?

    This does not mean I am endorsing foreign wars. On the contrary I believe what goes on in that part of the world is none of our business. But if we must be there with people of both genders defending these wars, then it is proper that both genders face its hazards as well.

    Let’s have fairness to all.

  2. Robin,

    I was anticipating a reply from you – what do you say in reply to my words?

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  4. The idea seems really crazy to me. A population cannot recover quickly after a war if the female population is diminished. It takes a man 2-3 minutes to reproduce. It takes a woman > 1 year. Basic biology.

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