My generation fought the Vietnam War. I had friends who were drafted into the military, and some lost their lives. My husband came close to being drafted, and our lives were badly affected by the possibility. My sons registered for the draft when they turned 18 years old, and one of my sons served four years in the Air Force. The fact is that there are people who are not satisfied with drafting my sons and grandsons. Now, they are discussing the idea of drafting my daughters and granddaughters.
I do not like the idea of sending my
sons and grandsons to defend the nation on the front lines. I dislike even more
the idea of my daughters and granddaughters going into the military. One of my
nieces chose to serve in the military where she was raped. War is not good for
either men or women, but men are more suited to deal with the conditions of war
than are women.
Last year, Congress debated a
requirement for young women to register for military duty. It was “a very bad
and ill-considered idea,” according to James Carafano. Congress decided against
the provision, but proponents of the bad idea could bring it up again.
Carafano suggested that Congress
consider questions Americans as to what we want. If drafting young women is “a
pressing reform,” he suggested that the subject should be nationally debated. “Why
isn’t every candidate for office being asked about the issue in the run-up to
the midterms in 2022?
Drafting our daughters is following an
all-too-familiar pattern of implementing consequential social change without
seriously looking at the consequences.
Many states, for example, have forged
ahead with so-called gender-affirming medical treatment with almost no serious
consideration of the impact on our children.
Carafano declared that America
should take a timeout on the issue because proponents of the idea of drafting
women have been working on the issue in secret rather than discussing it
openly. The reason that they want to draft women is for “equity” – if men are
drafted, then women should be drafted also. Carafano continued with his
That argument raises a second red flag.
Women already have widespread opportunities to serve in the armed forces. This
initiative won’t promote equal treatment or opportunity for women.
This sounds suspiciously like every woke
campaign started by the left that begins with making a case that it’s all about
“fairness,” when what’s really intended is a small first step for a radical
The reality is that the current system of
U.S. conscription is an anachronism that serves no useful military purpose.
Rather than talking about drafting women, we ought to be asking why we
perpetuate a draft at all.
Registering for the draft is not an act of
patriotism that builds civic virtue. It’s just a legal requirement that, beyond
registering, requires individuals to do nothing.
The brutal truth is that even if the U.S.
tried to draft Americans, the system would produce almost no manpower. The vast
majority of American youths, for various reasons, don’t qualify for military service.
If the U.S. reinstituted a draft, we would
be drafting from the small pool of American youths who are already volunteering
for military service. That makes no sense.
Rather than tackling real issues, like the
social, cultural, and health issues making American youths ill-prepared to
serve, and focusing on creating more opportunities and options for service in
the all-volunteer force that would contribute to military readiness, Congress
will yet again toy with an empty gesture that would do nothing about meeting
the constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.”
I like Carafano’s reasoning because
I do not women to be drafted into military service. For those women who desire a
military career, I wish you success. I do not want my daughters and
granddaughters to serve in the military. The conditions of war are bad for all
people, but they are worse for females than for males. There is no good
argument for drafting women.