With the ban on women in combat lifted does that mean draft for women?Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Young women, soon, Uncle Sam could want you, too. Now that the ban on women in combat has been lifted, experts say it opens the door to require young women to register for the draft.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Young women, soon, Uncle Sam could want you, too. Now that the ban on women in combat has been lifted, experts say it opens the door to require young women to register for the draft.
They know its coming....
For young men, Uncle Sam comes knocking at age 18. But the Obama administration's recent decision to lift the ban on women in combat could extend that responsibility to young women, as well.
Margaret: "I'm all for equality. I think women are just as strong as men and have the same capabilities."
Margaret Boehmlehner says, 'that's great.'
She served on Army active duty for 2 years at Fort Bragg, and believes everything -including physical standards between men and women - should be equal in the military.
Margaret: "If women are going to go into combat, like men, then they need to have equal standards. Just because you're a woman doesn't mean you're any less of a man. There's women out there that can lift more than men."
Right now, neither the administration nor Congress is in any hurry to make women register. But experts say now that women can fight in combat, there are no legal grounds to exempt them from the draft.
Catheryn: "I think it's scary. I respect men for having to do that, but I myself don't want to have to register for the draft."
Catheryn Barth is a freshman at NDSU - right at that registering age of 18.
While she's not thrilled at the idea, she says equal is equal.
Catheryn: "Women are receiving that right, so it's only fair that it is open to them."
Any young women, or men, worried about a draft notice coming their way in the near future, can take a deep breath, there is no looming crisis that would make a draft necessary.