Proposal to require women to register with Selective Service

A proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025 would require women to register with Selective Service, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee summary.

The NDAA would “amend the Military Selective Service Act to require the registration of women for selective service,” according to the summary, which also notes that the “Committee voted 22-3 to approve the NDAA for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 to be brought forward to the Senate floor.”

“Nearly all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.”

GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas registered his staunch opposition and responded to the provision of tweet“You can go straight to hell. Over my dead body.”

Currently, men must register with Selective Service and can be drafted in the event of a draft.

“Nearly all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service,” according to sss.gov, which notes that the agency’s mission is “to register men and establish a system maintain that, when authorized by the President and Congress, expeditiously supplies personnel in a fair and equitable manner while administering an alternative service program for conscientious objectors.”

The House passed an NDAA proposal on Friday that includes a section to require the automatic registration of men with Selective Service.

The House-passed NDAA would amend the Military Selective Service Act to insert language stating: “Except as otherwise provided in this title, every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person living in the United States resides, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, shall be automatically registered under this Act by the Director of the Selective Service System.”

Roy was one of 211 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to pass the NDAA on Friday.

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