Last week a federal judge ruled that the United States’ male-only military draft is unconstitutional.
However, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller did not order immediate changes.
Why should he? There’s no rush. Nobody has been drafted since 1973 — that was 46 years ago.
The reasonable course of action is to end the draft. Selective Service, which registers 18-year-old men for the draft, is a waste of time and money — about $25 million a year.
Yet, some of our leaders stubbornly hold on to this relic.
Congress established an 11-member commission to study the issue of selective service, including whether women should also be required to register for the draft. The commission’s chairman, former Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, believes women should register.
“If you talk to those who would be impacted, that is males and females ages 18 to 25, they say, ‘Yes, women should have to register. It’s a matter of equality,’” Heck said. “If you talk to an older population, they’re the ones who seem to be reluctant.”
If there were a need for a draft, Heck’s analysis would be correct. And if the day comes when a draft is ever needed, women should be included. Women now make up about 20 percent of the Navy and Air Force, 15 percent of the Army and just short of 10 percent of the Marines.
We have an all-volunteer military, which prides itself on having the best-trained warriors in the world. “Draftees” would not be of much help, might even be a detriment, if they were thrust into combat given the sophisticated military training and equipment of today. Our all-volunteer military is considered the best in the world.
If there were a true military emergency that required more people to serve, there would be plenty of “volunteers.” When the United States was targeted by terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attack, there were so many volunteers that people were being turned away.
And if it ever came to the point a draft was needed, which is unlikely, the current system is essentially a skeleton. It would likely take the same amount of time to ramp up the draft as starting from scratch would.
The question of whether women should register for the draft doesn’t need to be answered now, draft registration needs to end.