‘Draft Our Daughters’ Withdrawn From Defense Authorization Act

On December 7, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 363 to 70, to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022. Thankfully, due to the outspokenness and steadfastness of some members of Congress, language requiring women to register for the Selective Service was stripped from the NDAA. Politico described this development as “a stunning turnaround after the proposal gained bipartisan support in both the House and Senate this year.” It is also a victory for military readiness and for common sense.

Science supports the proposition that women should not be subjected to a military draft. A study by the Marine Corps found that servicewomen were two to six times more likely than servicemen to suffer injuries in combat situations; it also found that all-male squads usually outperform mixed-gender squads. The purpose of a draft is to fill combat roles quickly during wartime. Drafting women does not fulfill this purpose because most women cannot meet combat fitness standards. In fact, including women in a future military draft would “hinder the rapid replacement of combat casualties by diverting scarce time and resources to the challenge of evaluating and training thousands of draft-age women – just to find the few who might be minimally qualified for the requirements of combat arms.” It is bad enough that the Obama administration allowed women into combat roles; drafting women into such roles would make matters worse.

The ranking Republicans on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), stood against the inclusion of “draft our daughters” language in the NDAA, as did Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Chip Roy (R-TX).

While God has made both women and men in His divine image, and while women and men are equal in value and worth in His sight, we are not the same. Generally speaking, men are physically stronger than women and are more likely to withstand the rigors of combat than women are. In some circles, it is unpopular to acknowledge this gender difference or any other gender difference; however, truth is more important than popularity. The truth is this: In most instances, a woman who is placed in a combat situation against male adversaries is facing an unfair fight. It is not in women’s best interest or in the best interest of our nation to subject women to the military draft.