Headline RoundupJune 20th, 2024

Congress Debates Requiring Women to Register for the Draft

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Recent proposed changes in the language of the annual defense authorization bill would open the door to requiring women to register for the draft.

Details: Senate Democrats proposed the changes. It would not reactivate the draft but would require women to register in the same way most men between the ages of 18 and 25 are currently required to do. In 2020, military experts concluded that including women in the draft would be “in the national security interest of the United States.” 

Key Quotes: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said the proposed change “seems logical.” Advancing American Freedom Executive Director Paul Teller sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stating, “The notion of the United States of America requiring women to register to fight our wars is simply untenable and must be opposed at all costs.”

How the Media Covered It: The proposed changes sparked a wave of confusion regarding the draft, followed by a series of Fact Check articles addressing misconceptions. Most focused on the draft, stating that the proposed changes would not reinstate the draft, which has not been activated in over 50 years. Coverage from the New York Times (Lean Left bias) deemed the likelihood of the changes becoming law “slim,” adding that the debate over changes “reflects how lawmakers are rethinking the draft at a time when readiness issues have risen to the fore and as the Pentagon is facing recruitment challenges amid a raft of risks and conflicts around the world.”

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