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Military Congressmen introduce Draft America’s Daughters Act, requiring registration

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Sgt. Ashley Mohr, a drill instructor with Platoon 4039, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, ensures her recruits have their valuables Sept. 17, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors ensure all recruits and their equipment are accounted for at the end of the day. Mohr is a 27-year-old native of Salamanca, N.Y. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 7, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
(Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)

WASHINGTON — Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill, Draft America’s Daughters Act, requiring women to register for the draft.

Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana announced Thursday that the legislation is aimed at provoking a fuller discussion of the Pentagon’s decision to open all combat jobs to women.

Hunter and Zinke say the decision ignores research from the Marine Corps and special operations forces. They also say the decision was made without considering whether women should be drafted and potentially serve on the front lines.

The legislation will require selective service registration for women no later than 90 days after the enactment of the measure or 90 days after the Secretary of Defense opens all combat specialties.

“It’s wrong and irresponsible to make wholesale changes to the way America fights its wars without the American people having a say on whether their daughters and sisters will be on the front lines of combat,” said Hunter in a statement released today.

“If this Administration wants to send 18-20 year old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives. The Administration made its decision to open all combat specialties without regard for the research and perspective of the Marine Corps and special operations community, or without consideration or care for whether the draft would have to be opened to both men and women,” Hunter continued.

Hunter and Zinke are hoping that Congress will use this act as a spur further discussions in Congress.

“It’s unfortunate that a bill like this even needs to be introduced. And it’s legislation that I might very well vote against should it be considered during the annual defense authorization process.”

Hunter is a  with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zinke is a former Navy SEAL.

USMC Life staff writer contributed to this report.

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12 COMMENTS

    • Two women were made into Army Rangers last August (1st Lt. Shaye Haver, and Capt. Kristen Griest, 26) they are badass. I’m sorry Rosanna but you don’t know what you are talking about. Better get ready to register…

    • Dear Rosanna Maybe you should get a reality check Last time I checked we still have a men’s Olympic record and a women’s record. Male teams and female teams.. While you may think that you are my equal it probably would hurt your feelings not to be able to win a fight against me even though I’m a grandfather. I hope that my sons don’t have the see the horrors of war with them being currently serving but not deployed that could be still possible. I don’t want my daughter to have to go to war, It is bad enough that we send our young men into combat I hope that women don’t have to suffer that trauma. We already have women coming home in Body bags missing limbs with shattered bodies. Be careful what you wish for.

  1. This would mean, that all politicians daughter’s. From Senators Congressman representatives and presidents, have to sign up their daughters for combat duty. And they will not be able to buy their way out of it.

  2. Rosanna you’re not really that dumb are you? They were called Rangers and have their tab they didn’t go to the Ranger batallion training so they can’t be rangers in that regard why don’t you learn something before flapping your lips.

  3. this is what happens when u put women where they SHOULD NOT BE!! No woman should be on the front line, they put everyone in danger.. So all u hard core feminists that wanted all the changes to our great Military, couldn’t listen to the experts or all the scores of research taken, her u go… IF u want it, then u have do what ALL the men have to do.. and furthermore, all women in the Military should have to do the same PT requirements as the men…

  4. Well.
    1. They’re NOT Rangers, they qualified to wear the Ranger tab. They’re not serving in one of the regiments, that I know of – therefore – are not Rangers. Typical feminazi talking point.

    MSgt – their daughters won’t serve, they’ll see to that just as much as politicians in the past have gotten their offspring relatively “cushy” jobs.

    And to Mr. Hunter and Mr. Zinke, you propose it, you vote for it. Don’t want to vote “yes” to send America’s daughters to the draft board, don’t propose legislation. Sack up, and stand behind it. If liberals and feminists want equal rights, they need to submit to equal selection processes – to includes no “woman standard” for combat arms. One standard for men and women, you wash out, you get recycled to truck driving school or meteorology or nursing.

  5. So all of you screaming for “same standards” on the Pt test, your wish has come true in the form of Physical Demands Testing. ALL infantrymen in the army, regardless of gender, will be required to pass several strength test before completing week 10 of OSUT training. These tasks include several overhead lifts of various types of equipment, throwing a grenade at least 30 meters, carrying a 270lb dummy 25 meters as a buddy team, amongst other things. If they don’t pass, they get one retest, then restarted to week 6. The second time, they are gone.

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