A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of a proposal to require women to register for the draft.
According to House Representative Chip Roy, who is adamantly opposed to the forcible conscription of women, the Senate Armed Services Committee debated in private on June 15th an amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to force women to register for the draft.
Later that day, the proposal passed with support from the majority of senators from both parties.
There are 26 members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Only six Republican members voted no, including Sens. Inhofe, Rounds, Cotton, Hawley, Cramer and Wicker.
On the day of the committee’s vote, Rep. Roy tweeted, “One study by the Marines ($36 million) showed all male units outperformed mixed units.”
“Republicans should not facilitate & conservatives should not stand by while Congress – in the name of ‘national defense’ – green lights a future that cripples the American family & undermines our defense… by sending our mothers and daughters to the frontlines of our battles while dads & sons are at home,” he added.
This year, a group of 11 senators have banded together to get ahead of the proposal for this year’s NDAA. The senators penned a letter opposing the proposal to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed.
“As we begin the FY23 NDAA process, we urge you in the strongest possible terms not to use this year’s NDAA to try to force America’s women to register for the military draft,” the senators wrote. “Reviving these efforts would be a grave mistake and would needlessly inject divisive social policies into important debates over our national security.”
Additionally, the conservative Heritage Foundation has also spoken out against the proposal.
Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts posted a tweet thanking the 11 senators who authored the letter.
“@Heritage stands with you, and with @chiproytx in the House, for your leadership on keeping the draft from taking our daughters,” he added.
A similar such proposal to draft women was defeated last year, after almost being included in the final version of the 2022 NDAA.
The proposal was removed at the last minute in order to entice Republican members of the House and Senate to “accept reforms to the military justice system.”
And yet, that appears to have been a temporary reprieve, as the drafting women proposal has once again garnered support from a majority of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The independent, non-partisan public policy organization Center for Military Readiness has prepared a two-page summary explaining why drafting women is a bad idea. Some of those reasons include:
- According to three years of scientific research done by the Marine Corps, major gender-related differences exist in physical strength, speed, and endurance. In the field tests, all-male units with average-ability men outperformed mixed-gender teams with highly qualified women in 69% of evaluated tasks.
- After unofficial pass/fail records of 3,206 soldiers in 11 battalions performing the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) resulted in an 84% failure rate among female trainees and 30% among the men, the Arm attempted several adjustments in test requirements and scoring systems.
- Some exceptional women may be able to meet minimal standards, but extensive research has shown that most women cannot meet combat arms standards while most men can.
Focus on the Family has long opposed the forcible conscription of women. It’s unjust and immoral to force women to serve in combat roles during times of war.
The 2022 NDAA became law on December 27, 2021, which means that we are likely still months away from the 2023 NDAA being considered for final passage.
The fight to defeat the proposal to draft women, a reckless policy of social engineering to allegedly promote “equality,” has begun.
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