Women and Selective Service

We hear about it every few years, conversations about the draft and who is included. Especially now, considering the military has opened up combat MOS (military occupational specialty) to women.

Some fear the change, believe it is the destruction of the family or the end-goal of the progressive agenda. I believe it is an opportunity for serious change in US foreign policy. But let’s start at the beginning:

Women have been involved in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years. Let me introduce you to Mary “WonderNubs” Dague, a former EOD tech. Ms. Dague is a female and lost her arms in an explosion. Mary is just as capable as any man and served her country honorably. Mary also spends her free time helping other veterans get through those dark times in their lives and raising awareness about veteran suicide. Mary also has a great sense of humor (see t-shirt).

Like it or not, women have been on the front lines for years and are an integral part of the military. I had a female Drill Sergeant, the second-meanest SOB I ever came across. Considering her competition, a 250 pound Nigerian-American who literally spent the first 14 years of his life spear-hunting for food, I would say she was in good company. I had two female NCOs at Fort Meade that were (and still are) both competent and capable. They exceeded the male PT standards at every test and held themselves as superiors based on rank, not on gender.

Selective Service, otherwise known as the draft, is a policy from decades ago, long before the safe-space hipster era. Could you imagine the overgrown man-children of today trying to hack it in the military? There are two possible outcomes to the draft today. Either the military will discharge them, which is unlikely in a situation where the draft is implemented, or the military will carry them through into service. Now the brave and the bold will have to fight along side the weak and cowardly. The end result? More American servicemembers will die in combat operations.

I would rather fight alongside someone like Ms. Dague or the countless capable female soldiers than some hipster-beard, skinny-jeans, man-bun pansy.

Here’s where the meaningful change can happen. Let’s open up the draft for women. And while we are at it:

  1. Remove all non-medical draft waivers. If you are in college, either you switch to ROTC/Military Academy or you enlist.
  2. Mandate that the draft be implemented immediately after any formal declaration of war.
  3. Define formal declaration of war as the United States sending more than 5,000 troops to any foreign country.
  4. The Sons and Daughters of all members of the House, Senate, and Executive branch will be the first on the draft list.

What’s the point of all of this? Going to war should always be a last resort to preserve the United States. It should not be taken lightly, nor should a mere 0.45% of the country bear the burden. It is easy to get excited about war, talking about carpet bombing and making the desert glow radioactive. It is less exciting when you face the reality, people die.

Perhaps the only way to get politicians to stop the rhetoric and understand that soldiers are someone’s son, daughter, mother, and father, is for their own offspring to fight in that war.

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Ryan Miner is Editor in Chief, Founder and Publisher of AMinerDetail.com. Miner is the sole reporter and columnist at AMinerDetail.com, covering Maryland news, politics, business, education, national, state and local government. Miner is the host of A Miner Detail Podcast.

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