The United States military has made a lot of progress recently with gender integration, but it is time to take it a step further. Women now have the ability to enlist, but they should also be required to register for the draft when they turn 18, just as their male counterparts have been required to do since 1942.
Several military personnel, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, have voted in favor for allowing women to register at the age of 18 during a recent Senate meeting, according to CNN. Along with the general, several candidates in the Republican presidential race have also approved of the law.
Though gender equality is a very important issue in society, the notion of having each and every woman required to registered at the age of 18 brings some controversy regarding women’s eligibility and ability to perform.
A common argument for those in favor of women entering the draft is patriotism. Every American should have equal right to serve regardless of gender.
Antiquated beliefs dictate that women entering the draft will weaken the military and its training standards. Further, drafting women is a bad idea because of a high risk of injury, expense and an increase in casualties in combat situations.
“I use the analogy of a football team. You look at a football team, and cheerleaders if they institute the draft for females, a cheerleader’s just as likely to be drafted as a linebacker. Which is more suitable to defend our country?” said Brian Aiken, a Ted Cruz supporter, to the Washington Times.
Physicality is one of the major required assets of being in the military, however, some people are born with natural physical ability. Women can be born with strong physicality, and therefore qualify to have their spot in the military.
There have been other risks with integrated combat units including efficiency, morale, cohesion, military readiness, tradition, abuse by the enemy and career advancement.
These cons, however, are counteracted by the fact that mixed gender forces have kept the military strong with more willing recruits thanks to a wider applicant pool, according to “Sisters In Arms,” a pro-military integration documentary.
Physical traits or physiological issues with women doesn’t matter, what is important is if she is willing put her life on the line to protect her country. All countries want a war to end quickly, and having greater military personnel can help do that.
The opportunity to integrate women into military units has been seen as an opportunity to revise the culture and structure of the armed forces for increased effectiveness in contemporary warfare.