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    Exclamation Women in combat and the draft: answers to your biggest questions

    WASHINGTON The decision by the Pentagon to allow women to serve in all combat jobs has put new focus on an often-forgotten U.S. institution: the Selective Service.

    While America has not had a military draft since 1973, all men must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18.

    U.S. leaders repeatedly insist that the all-volunteer force is working and the nation is not returning to the draft. But there are increasing rumblings about whether women should now be required to register if they can indeed serve in all areas of the military.

    Some questions and answers about the Selective Service and any moves toward requiring women to register:

    Q: Is the Selective Service part of the Defense Department?

    A: No. It is an independent agency that exists to ensure that the nation would be able to force men into military service in a fair and equitable way if directed by the president and Congress in a national crisis.

    Q: Are women subject to the draft?

    A: No. Under the current law, women can volunteer to serve in the U.S. military, but they are not required to register and they would not be subject to any draft.

    Q: Has the law been challenged?

    A: Yes. In 1981, the Supreme Court heard a case brought by several men challenging the law for gender discrimination. The court upheld the constitutionality of the male-only draft registration law. The court accepted Congress' decision to exclude women from registration because they were excluded from directcombat by statute and by military policy.

    Q: Who would decide if women need to register?

    A: It would take an act of Congress. Recently four U.S. House members introduced legislation to abolish the Selective Service, saying that the all-volunteer force is working. And two members of Congress introduced legislation requiring women to register but said they actually opposed their own bill. They said they were only doing so to trigger a debate on allowing women to serve in front-line combat jobs which they also oppose.

    Q: What does the Pentagon say?

    A: When Defense Secretary Ash Carter decided to open all combat jobs to women, the Defense Department did a legal analysis of his decision. The analysis found the landscape has changed since the court case, and that opening combat jobs to women "further alters the factual backdrop to the Court's decision." The Pentagon had made no recommendation on the matter, but the department said it will consult with the Justice Department when needed.

    Q: Do military officials and politicians believe women should register?

    A: During recent hearings, the Army's chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, said they thought women should have to register. Some key lawmakers, including Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agree. Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush said they supported the idea of havingwomen register. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said later that including women would be "nuts" and a dangerous example of political correctness.

    Q: What penalties are there if an 18-year-old doesn't register?

    A: If an 18-year-old man does not register with the Selective Service he could lose his eligibility for student financial aid, job training and government jobs. Immigrant men could lose their eligibility for U.S. citizenship. According to the latest annual report, 73 percent of 18-year-olds registered on time in the 2015 fiscal year ending last Sept. 30. And, the registration rate for all men aged 20-25 was 94 percent.

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    I could never be in combat. I would be scared and cry. Thank you to all the girls that serve and keep me safe.


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    Equal rights,yup, Natalie theres always room in my foxhole, Semper Fidelis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie P View Post
    I could never be in combat. I would be scared and cry. Thank you to all the girls that serve and keep me safe.
    Don't be scared, I'll make sure that your safe Honey.


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    Damn glad to see you back Russ! We've missed you and your posts!


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    Thanks brother, got off the damn meds and back to my normal self.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SandhurstDelta View Post
    This has generally also been my view too.

    I just need somebody to wake me when the night attack begins on their watch while I am trying to get some sleep.

    They can cry all they want. Fine with me.

    Judging from Petraeus and Broadwell, this combat experiment is mostly going to turn into easy access prostitution for the infantry, arty, tanks, and engineers.

    Why does that seem ok to me yet so many others get really upset about it?

    Guess I am just too light hearted.
    Kind of like a white tail buck in the rut, he is not aware of the danger and loses all senses of survival,lol, Semper Fidelis.


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    Russ, welcome back brother !!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie P View Post
    I could never be in combat. I would be scared and cry. Thank you to all the girls that serve and keep me safe.
    I guess these horn dogs didn't look at your profile Natalie lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT7477 View Post
    Kind of like a white tail buck in the rut, he is not aware of the danger and loses all senses of survival,lol, Semper Fidelis.
    Ronnie; you described it perfectly!


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    Just to let you know Lt. we shoot the hell out of mountain lions here, not a whole lot smarter than a buck in the rut,lol, Semper Fidelis.


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    Hahahahahaha !!!


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    I consider all these comments as invalid. You can presume all day....but will never know until it gets tested. I for one don't consider this as an attack on my manhood. I'm secure and o.k. with the concept that there may be females who can walk the walk. Also, for those horny grunts that think they can't refrain from enacting their sexual urges....there will be plenty of righteous grunts around to make sure you don't put yourself in harms way, by acting like a animal in heat. Not to leave out the little fact that those females who make will not be a candy ass pushover. Myself, having been in combat more times than I can remember, know that when the shet hits the fan......it makes little difference who is covering your back, because we all take care of each other....it's how we survive and why we are feared. If they make the cut....they have my respect and my loyalty.


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    Well said Billy !!!


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    Lt., you must have never done much Deer Hunting, and I've never done any Mountain Lion hunting, but a buck in rut does as Ronnie said. He throws all caution to the wind. I have done a lot of people hunting however, and the one thing I never needed was a distraction, real or imagined.


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