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Commission to Explore Option for Gender-Neutral Draft

Commission to Explore Option for Gender-Neutral Draft
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By    |   Sunday, 15 October 2017 07:17 PM EDT

The idea of revamping a military draft that would be gender neutral has been taken up by a commission on national service, The Washington Times reported Sunday.

Congress and the White House empaneled the commission to provide an opinion on the matter, as well as suggesting ideas to encourage millennials to join the military.

Although the Pentagon does not envision a need for mass mobilization, the panel will explore the idea of requiring women to register for conscription, just as men have had to do since the Selective Service was restarted in 1980.

Some groups have objected to this proposal, claiming that it would waste of resources.

“Even though some exceptional women may be able to meet minimal standards, the fact remains that most women cannot meet combat arms standards, while most men can, [meaning the Selective Service] system would have to divert scarce time and resources to find, evaluate, and train thousands of women ˗˗ just to find the few who might be minimally qualified for combat arms,” according to CatholicCitizens.

However, this argument would not be relevant according to at least one option to be considered by the commission, which is the establishment of a skills-targeted draft, where the priority would be on a call-up of doctors, dentists, mathematicians and internet experts, without regard to age or sex, according to The Washington Times.

The 11-member panel has an initial $15 million budget and is made up of former senior government officials and citizen activists. Its final report is expected to be submitted in two years.

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The idea of revamping a military draft that would be gender neutral has been taken up by a commission on national service, The Washington Times reported on Sunday.
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