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Proposal Could Require Women to Register for the Draft

• https://www.military.com, By Patricia Kime

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, created in 2016, spent the past year reviewing public service options in the U.S., including the armed forces, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, federal employment and more.

Members released an interim report Wednesday that offers some radical proposals for the Selective Service System, which requires all 18-year-old men to register for a potential draft.

Among the options under consideration is whether women should be required to register, if the Selective Service System could be used to find candidates to fill critical military billets, or whether the system should be scrapped entirely.

The commission is not ready to make recommendations, said panel chairman Joe Heck, a former Republican congressman from Nevada and retired ArmyReserve brigadier general. Instead, its members are continuing to collect information for the final report, due to Congress and the White House by March 2020.

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