Senate Passes Bill That Will Require Women To Register For The Draft! But Will This Historic Policy Reach The White House??
The role of women in the military is about to get a serious makeover!
On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft when they turn 18.
Though the bill has its vocal opposers of conservative lawmakers, the gender equality shift had a ton of support among Republicans and women in both parties.
Although the U.S. hasn't used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War, the impact of the policy change would reflect the positively evolving role of women in the military.
Under the Senate bill, women turning 18 on or after January 1 2018 would be required to register for Selective Service — just like their male peers have always been forced to do — and risk the loss of federal aid by failing to register.
Among the policy's vocal supporters is Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who said: