March 26, 2020
Women in the military are one sad joke.
But they’re a necessary joke to facilitate Progress.
Steps to Progress:
- Send younger generations to die in a pointless war against China, Iran, Russia, or whatever
- Have older people freak out about who’s going to pay their pensions now that younger people are all dead
- Tell them that Somali refugee children will pay their pensions
It’s a bulletproof plan.
Is the draft coming back?
To the dismay of many younger Americans, mandatory military service could be at least back on the table as a blue-ribbon panel prepares to release the fruits of two years of study Wednesday on the question of national service, military readiness and a possible reboot of the Selective Service System, which has been on standstill since 1973 and the days of the Vietnam War.
Congress will get some recommendations when the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service rolls out the first comprehensive review of the military draft and registration system.
The report could propose drastic revisions of the national registration system, including at least a partial revival of the draft or a mandate for women.
The commission’s 11 members have briefed the Pentagon, the White House and lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill this week, and some of the conclusions in the 255-page report have begun leaking out.
Politico reported Tuesday that the panel will recommend that young women be required to register with the Selective Service System as young men have had to do. Proposals in Congress to include women have stalled in recent years, but the Obama administration approved a change allowing women in the military to serve in combat roles.
Draft proponents, including retired Army Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich and Col. Larry Wilkerson, who was a top adviser to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in the George W. Bush administration, point to looming manpower shortfalls and a system in which a tiny fraction of the country fights the nation’s wars and often endures multiple deployments in hot spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gen. Laich has laid out a national, no-deferral lottery system for the 4 million Americans each year who turn 18. Those picked in the lottery would have a choice of two years of active-duty military service, six years in the reserves or the National Guard, or participation in a college ROTC program before accepting their commission or taking one of the first two options.
The all-volunteer force, he told a congressional briefing last fall, is “unfair, inefficient and unsustainable,” according to a report in the Military Times.
The commission’s final report is expected to include suggestions to expand the scope of the next generation’s involvement in military, national or public service, and reduce what Gen. Laich and Col. Wilkerson warn is a growing military-civilian divide.
As mandated by Congress, the commission was tasked with reviewing the Selective Service System to determine whether it needed modification.
The commission has debated a number of options, including ways for registrants to share information about their skills and whether the system could be leveraged to bring in more manpower in times of emergency.
The question of women and military service was another item. The U.S. government requires men ages 18 to 25 to register with the Selective Service System. Women do not have to register.
Feedback from that discussion has raised the prospect of requiring women to register. Whether it is recommended in the final report could not be confirmed.
One factor in the decision is the sea change in the role of women in the military since the draft last operated in the 1970s.
“If we have a draft, we need the best qualified individuals in our military regardless of gender,” one commenter told the commission. “All combat positions have opened to women, and they have proven themselves as outstanding warriors and contributors to our military.”
Referring to a woman as an “outstanding warrior” is kind of like referring to a man as “a caring housekeeper.”
It’s just sick and perverted.
But not as sick and perverted as the minds and bodies of the women who willingly join the military.