Bill Aims to Bring Back Military Draft - KLFY News 10

Bill Aims to Bring Back Military Draft

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In an interview Friday morning Democratic U.S. Representative Charles Rangel said he is planning to introduce legislation that would bring back a draft and include women.

 

Just last month the Department of Defense overturned a rule from the 1990's barring women from combat roles.

 

Rangel wants to take it a step further and says now it's time for every American, man and woman, to share the responsibility of war.

 

"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," said Rangel.

 

Congress does not have plans right now to bring back the draft and the Selective Service System, the agency who would organize and carry out a draft, says they are not for or against any legislation and have no authority to include women in a draft.

 

In a statement to KLFY they said:

 

"The Selective Service System has no position on Congressman Rangel's legislation...it is up to congress to amend the Military Selective Service Act if women are to be registered.

 

According to a Quinnipiac Poll released this month seventy 75 percent of voters think women in the military should be allowed in ground units engaging in close combat.

 

Thomas Stubblefield of the Louisiana Army National Guard has done tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan and he agrees with the polls and says clearing women for a draft should be no different than a man.

 

"When they instituted the draft in Vietnam they evaluated people they drafted and they people they didn't see fit they would send them home," said Stubblefield.

 

Rebecca Bonnette, a 22-year-old psychology major at the University of Louisiana — Lafayette, would be in Rangel's proposed 18 to 25 range of eligibility and says she supports equality in a draft, but personally wouldn't be able to handle it.

 

"I mean it's too scary for me to think about, like I can't leave my family behind, I'd love to be brave enough to do something like that but I don't think I could bring myself to do it."

 Darren Robert

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