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Women equality in the military

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's decision late last year to open all jobs to women in the military was thought to be a move toward true
gender equality.

The question is, should we go one step further?

The Selective Service requires virtually all men between the ages of 18 and 26, even non-citizen residents like refugees to be registered, most within 30 days of their 18th birthday. 

Women are entirely exempt. Now, the top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified before Congress that it's time for women to register for the draft.

Consider this—women can't have it both ways.  We asked for equality and it makes sense to take this next step.

As much as it pains me to think of any of our young people being sent into harm's way, it comes down to a simple correlation – greater opportunity equals greater responsibility. 

Since women are no longer barred from combat roles, the 1981 decision which excluded them from the draft, is no longer valid. 

With our current volunteer military, it doesn't mean men or women HAVE to join, it just means that if we face a future emergency, everyone has an equal stake in defending our freedoms.

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