Judge declares male-only military draft is unconstitutional

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Women may soon be added to the draft registry after a judge ruling last week.

U.S. federal judge Gray Miller ruled late Friday night that the male-only registration for the Selective Service is unconstitutional.

It had been Supreme Court precedent since 1981 that male-only registration was allowed because, at the time, women were barred from combat. 

However, that ban was rescinded in 2015.

“If there ever was a time to discuss ‘the place of women in the Armed Services, that time has passed,” Miller wrote in his decision. He did not place an injunction on the federal policy

The draft has been out of commission since nearly the end of Vietnam, however, Selective Service was created to allow the military to build up members in the event of an emergency.

All males 18-26 are required by law to register with the Selective Service.

Currently, there is currently a commission for the federal government considering the future of the draft, including whether to require females to register.

“We are carefully considering and actively seeking input on this crucial question,” the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service said in a report last month. 

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