If you don’t like an idea, you probably shouldn’t risk putting it up to a vote.
Such a lesson was just learned by Republican congressman and former Marine Duncan Hunter. Hunter has opposed recent changes in the Department of Defense allowing women to serve in front-line combat positions. “Right now the draft is sexist” he argued(tongue in cheek), adding an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act that would draft women.
He voted against his own amendment, but as the Associated Press reports, apparently others thought it was a great idea:
Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units.
A divided Armed Services Committee backed the provision in a sweeping defense policy bill that the full House will consider next month, touching off a provocative debate about the role of women in the military.
The measure was approved 32-30.
But don’t worry yet ladies, even if the draft returns, it’s unlikely you’ll be setting foot on the battle field.
The United States has not had a military draft since 1973 in the Vietnam War era, but all men must register with the Selective Service Systems within 30 days of turning 18. Military leaders maintain that the all-volunteer force is working and the nation is not returning to the draft.
Feminists have been calling for gender equality for centuries now — wonder how they’ll embrace this step toward it.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]