COLUMBUS, Ga. — President Obama has recently announced support for women to register for selective service when they turn 18.
The White House previously expressed neutrality on the issue, but took a position in a Thursday statement to the USA Today.
The President believes adding women to the draft would serve two purposes: showing a commitment to gender equality throughout the armed services and fostering a sense of public service that comes from requiring draft registration as a ritual of adulthood.
Supporters say Obama’s stance shows the significant shift that reflects the U.S. Military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels.
Although no one has been drafted into the military since 1973, the White House made clear that Obama supports an all-volunteer force and there are no plans to reinstate the draft anytime soon.