If they are now combat eligible, there is no legitimate reason to exclude them from the draft if one should ever come.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time.
Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagonís decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.
"Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts," Rangel said in a statement. "Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm's way."
Of course, I fundamentally disagree with Rangel on implementing a draft at this time. We do not need one in order to maintain our military readiness Ė indeed, we are cutting troop numbers. Besides, unless we are facing an acute military crisis, there is no need to move