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Editor’s Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aneshea Yee

The integration of women into all military specialties has raised the question of whether women should also register for the draft. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley both recently recommended women be required to register. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter deferred to Congress, letting it take the unpopular action of instituting registration. Given the military opportunities now open to women, it is hard to think of a good reason why women should continue to be exempted from the draft. Avoiding this question, some observers instead question the whole enterprise. Is draft registration worthwhile at all?

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