Men, Women & the Selective Service

The Selective Service System is a means by which the US government has the individuals information on whom is potentially subject to military enrollment.

Men register for the selective service and women do not in America, why? Women are always complaining about wanting equal rights and being treated the same . Though, I never see complaints stating they don’t have to register for the selective service, like men do.

Men are required by law to register with the selective service, Men will be breaking the law if they do not register. They would violate the Military Selective Service Act, be imprisoned for up to 5 years and carry a fine of no more than $250,000. Federal jobs and financial aid become void if the male has not registered with the selective service. If these penalties are only deemed accountable for males, how is this considered constitutional concerning the 14th amendment?

Women have been fighting for equal rights in the work place and practically everywhere else in society. Equal rights are needed for everyone in society. Though, this is not obtainable as long as women are not held accountable by law for registering with the selective service.

I believe everyone should have to register for the selective service. If you choose to not register, then the same penalties should be held accountable for men and women. On another hand, women and men will never be equal until they both are required, or are not required to register with the selective service.

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4 Responses to Men, Women & the Selective Service

  1. Kevin, can you tell us a little bit more about the Selective Service. Like, why do we even still have it? If we have an all volunteer military and women are allowed to service in the military, then what justification do the people who support Selective Service give as to why we still need it?

  2. insuru says:

    As woman, I know and truly believe that equal rights means and has equal responsibility. Whether its pertains to selective service, male dominated labor or womens rights ,if women want to be treated equally then we should step up to every avenue.

  3. sarcrowe says:

    I think equal rights in this case would involve neither men nor women having to sign up for what seems like an archaic system.

  4. jw320 says:

    I tend to agree with those that say selective service is archaic and should be phased out. However, I had never thought about selective service as pertains to gender equality in the military. I’ve heard the debate about women in combat roles, etc. tons of times, but it never came to mind.

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