It is likely that women will be required to sign up for the draft soon. How do you feel about this? Do you think women should be obligated to serve?
As someone who believes women and men are equally smart and capable, I have no good reason to not support this law. Would I want to be drafted? Nope. But I believe women and men should be regarded as equals, and that includes the things that suck. Men don’t want to sign up for the draft either.
One thing I don’t think many women realize is that if you are drafted (which is highly unlikely anyway, there hasn’t been a draft in 30 years) you don’t have to serve in a combat position. There are tons of jobs in the military that don’t require you to even use a gun.
|June 23, 2016 at 18:06|
Was it on another thread I saw you mention a woman that was like “I shouldn’t have to register! I’m fragile!”? Anyway, I think this is great. This is part of equality- and TBH I’m tired of hearing “yeah but we have to register for the draft so our lives are harder than yours.”
|June 24, 2016 at 07:41|
I am not completely education on what exactly the draft is. I’ve never actually heard of it. Would you mind explaining it?
|June 24, 2016 at 09:17|
Justilean~Lol yes! I’m glad you support it, my fb has been blowing up with people FLIPPING out over it. Including my parents 😛 . Ha I haven’t heard that one (thankfully). It’s dumb too, cuz it’s not like they’re actually serving just because they sign up.
Juanita~I’m not super up to date on it either, but I think it basically means if your country goes to war and is desperate for manpower (as in, there’s not enough people willingly signing up for military service) you would be required to serve for a period of time, (called being drafted). Men already have to sign up for this, and I’m actually surprised it’s taken this long for women to be required to as well. If your country desperately needed manpower to ensure freedom, wouldn’t you want to serve? Maybe not in combat, but I would want to do something.
|June 24, 2016 at 11:20|
I think there’s an age range too for who can be drafted, like 18-25.
|June 24, 2016 at 11:21|
I’ve seen a lot of women say that if they’re drafted, they’ll just get pregnant to get out of it. …My first thought is “instant pregnancy? Now there’s an impressive super power.”
…now I’ve started reading debates on this stuff, and it sort of amazes me how the chain of thought works to get responses like “I’m a woman, I don’t want to go into combat, eww, blood and guts, I’m too weak go into combat…so obviously all women are the same as me and all men are the opposite.”
@Juanita11 the draft is basically a way to get more people in the military when there’s not enough. Since the US normally has an all-volunteer military, in times of war, there often aren’t enough volunteers, so to make up for it, they start making service mandatory (for certain selected people).
|June 24, 2016 at 11:45|
Rainbowuni~ That was my first thought–that we’re going to have a baby boom if there’s a draft. Not to sound lewd (and I don’t support it, I think its a terrible idea), but I doubt it would be that hard to find someone to get pregnant with, or if you’re unable to be pregnant, to find someone who would help you fake it.
|June 24, 2016 at 12:50|
@AdventureGirl Well, there’s generally a few days a month you could really get pregnant…and depending on the circumstances, you may only have a few days after being notified of being selected. So it’d be rare that they matched up perfectly, and you’d be able to get pregnant right away (many people try for months before ever getting pregnant, some people are on birth control that could take a few months to wear off, etc.)
|June 24, 2016 at 13:23|
If Mulan could do it so could i!
|June 24, 2016 at 14:47|
I’m kind of surprised so many people are freaking out about it (people who wouldn’t have to be drafted because of their age) do they really think we’re all a bunch of weaklings? Thanks for the vote of confidence xD Besides, tons of women already serve in the military.
Juanita~ I love how spirited you are! I totally agree.
Rainbowuni~ Yeah I guess I expect if there was a war and then an impending draft the media would start talking about the possibility of it awhile before it happens, so that’s when women would start trying to get pregnant 😛 then if they were successful they’d have 9 whole months they would be safe from the draft.
I have no clue how someone would fake a positive pregnancy but I’m betting someone would figure it out 😛
|June 24, 2016 at 15:42|
So I’m visiting my Aunt ad she was kinda mad. She say that women have no place in combat. I felt that was a little sexist and now a small part of me wants to join the military and prove her wrong.
|July 10, 2016 at 08:01|
When people think of being drafted, they think about having to fight, but the reality is that there are PLENTY of military positions in which you will never see fighting. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with women being drafted along with men, provided they don’t have a newborn baby or something.
Personally, I would apply to be a “conscious objector” because i could never take part in anything that takes away another person’s life, even if I didn’t personally pull the trigger.
|July 10, 2016 at 08:37|
^I’m pretty sure you can get a religious exemption from service somehow; I mean look at the Amish, they didn’t have to serve in World War II, at least as far as I know.
|July 10, 2016 at 10:21|
*randomly pops up out of nowhere*
I can’t think of a reason why women should not be drafted, although personally, it would be my worst nightmare to be forced into a position where I had to kill people, as I could not do that (I know y’all have said there are other jobs, but, *if* it were to happen).
It does occur to me, what about the millions of families in which both parents would be eligible to (have to) sign up for draft. What happens to the kids when both parents are drafted? Do they take one parent from each family? If so, would they still just make the man go anyway? I mean I’m certain someone has thought of this, but I’m curious as to what the answers would be.
|July 11, 2016 at 16:59|
@Mandi I hadn’t concidered that. Food for thought. I will think that over, then comment again.
|July 11, 2016 at 18:47|
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