After a lengthy closed-door review of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved language in the bill that would require young women to register for the draft.
According to a summary the NDAA released Thursday, it highlights the change, saying the new bill is amending "the Military Selective Service Act to require the registration of women for Selective Service."
Prior to adding women to the draft, males aged 18 through 25 were and still are required to register with the Selective Service System. Currently, the Department of Defense says they will keep the forces voluntary.
The U.S. Select Services System's records say that from the late 1940s until 1973, "during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means."