Women in Combat: the Draft

If you’re wondering where the push for women in combat is going in this country, Military.com¬†tells ¬†what the Army Secretary thinks: “Women Will Likely Have to Register for the Draft, Army Secretary Says.”

Women will eventually have to register for the draft if “true and pure equality” is to be realized in the U.S. military, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday.

“If your objective is true and pure equality then you have to look at all aspects” of the roles of women in the military, McHugh said, and registration for the draft “will be one of those things. That will have to be considered.”

McHugh said draft registration was not a subject to be decided by the services or the Department of Defense, and will ultimately have to be dealt with by Congress. He expected a “pretty emotional debate and discussion.”

However, as more military occupational specialties are opened to women, the debate on Selective Service System registration was inevitable, McHugh said. “If we find ourselves as a military writ large where men and women have equal opportunity, as I believe we should,” he said.

The question on women and the draft was posed to McHugh and Gen. Mark Milley, the new Army chief of staff, at the annual three-day meeting and exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army at the Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington, D.C. Milley deferred the question to McHugh, saying he could not comment on policy.

The subject of women registering for the draft was a topic of debate at an Aspen National Security forum in Colorado this summer.

Equality ideology has absolutely no place in the military. The point of the military is to protect the country. Anything that distracts from that mission endangers everyone. But soldiers have to follow orders. That means that Liberals find in the Armed Forces the ideal place to do social experiment and a beachhead for launching a social revolution.

When Milton Friedman argued for the all-volunteer army, he argued that we shouldn’t use slaves to defend freedom. Savor the irony that, in the name of women’s “equality” they must be enslaved.

Will we have another draft? Liberals will see it as an opportunity. They tell stories about how World War II was a transformative experience for the nation as women stopped being domestic and took “real” jobs. They will consider drafting women a chance to transform the country further.