“Now that the restrictions that exempted women from [combat jobs] don’t exist, then you’re a citizen of a United States.” “It doesn’t mean you’re going to serve, but you go register.”
Senator Claire McCaskill asked top military leaders at a Senate Committee February 2, if women should have to sign up for the selective service now that combat jobs are opening for them.
Top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified that it is now time for women to register for future drafts, following the recent Pentagon decision to open all combat jobs to female service members.
Army chief of staff General Mark A. Milley Gen. Marine Corps commandant Robert B. Neller both said they favored the change during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the full integration of women in the military. Both generals were infantry officers and offered their opinions to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is in favor of the change.
In a short interview, Neller added that any young American as a rite of passage should have to register for Selective Service.
Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter’s made a historic decision in December to open all jobs in the military to women without exception.
For the first time, women are able to apply for a variety of physically demanding positions, including Special Operations jobs, such as Navy SEAL and Green Beret and Army and Marine Corps infantryman. The Defense Department has already begun to implement changes in training and evaluation.