Buried amidst all the Corona virus news, a National Commission on March 24th proposed to Congress a historic change in the Selective Service System - women should legally be required to register for the draft when they turn 18. The Commission, mandated by Congress, did not recommend activating the draft, but did propose a variety of ways to increase military recruitment. Congress will debate and decide on the recommendations most likely later this year or in 2021. The proposal for women to register for the draft also comes just two months after the threat of war with Iran caused panic among young people of draft age.
The issue of the draft is now longer just an issue of historical concern.