Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Register for Draft: It's What a Man's Got to Do, and Women?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Register for Draft: It's What a Man's Got to Do, and Women?

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WASHINGTON * Congress is on the verge of ordering young women to register for a military draft for the first time in history, touching off outrage among social conservatives who fear the move is another step toward blurring gender lines.

The female draft requirement, approved late Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee, could be as heated as the divisive debate over what public lavatories and locker rooms transgender people should use.

Opponents of expanding the draft may be unable to halt the momentum in favor of lifting the exclusion, which was triggered by the Pentagon's decision late last year to open all front-line combat jobs to women. After gender restrictions to military service were erased, the top uniformed officers in each of the military branches expressed support during congressional testimony for including women in a potential draft. …

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