Question #44: Should we update the Draft to include women?
I believe if a woman decides she wants to join the draft then she should have that option. But, I don’t believe we should mandate women to join the draft.
Since 1973 the US military has been all-volunteer. A draft is the mandatory enrollment of individuals into the armed forces. The government can still reinstate the draft in case of a national emergency. The Selective Service System is the agency that registers men and is responsible for running a draft.
All male U.S. citizens born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old. Almost all men age 18-25 who are U.S. citizens or are immigrants living in the U.S. are required to be registered with Selective Service. U.S. law calls for citizens to register within 30 days of turning 18 and immigrants to register within 30 days of arriving in the U.S.
Just about every young man have to register when he turns 18. Almost all male U.S. citizens regardless of where they live, and documented or undocumented immigrant men residing in the U.S., are required to be registered with Selective Service if they are at least 18 years old but are not yet 26 years old.
Transgender People - U.S. citizens or immigrants who are born male and have changed their gender to female must register for the draft. Individuals who are born female and have changed their gender to male are not required to register for the draft.
If you are a permanent resident immigrants, refugee, parolee, and asylee immigrants, undocumented immigrants, dual national U.S. citizens, handicapped physically or mentally and have the ability to function in public with or without assistance, and men rejected for enlistment for any reason before age 26 you must register with the draft.
You do not have to register for the draft if: you are incarcerated, or hospitalized or institutionalized for medical reasons, continually confined to a residence, hospital, or institution, or here in the U.S. on student, visitor, or diplomatic visas, including men who are 26 years old and older are too old to register. Women are not required to register
Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. citizens and must join the draft. Citizens of American Samoa are nationals and must register when they are habitual residents in the United States or reside in the U.S. for at least one year. Habitual residence is presumed and registration is required whenever a national or a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau, resides in the United States for more than one year in any status, except when the individual resides in the U.S. as an employee of the government of his homeland; or as a student who entered the U.S. for the purpose of full-time studies, as long as such person maintains that status.
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