"A federal judge in Texas has declared that an all-male military draft is unconstitutional, ruling that "the time has passed" for a debate on whether women belong in the military.
[At this time] Men who fail to register with the Selective Service System at their 18th birthday can be denied public benefits such as federal employment and student loans. Women cannot register for Selective Service."
"Q: Does the decision mean women will be required to register with the Selective Service?
A: Not necessarily. If the district court's ruling is upheld, it could mean one of three things:
► Women would have to register for the draft at their 18th birthday, just like men;
► Selective Service would be eliminated entirely, and neither men nor women would have to register; or
► Selective Service would become voluntary and men and women could continue to register, but would not lose any benefits if they fail to do so.
"There are several different potential outcomes that the commission is considering," Heck said. "That's why it’s so important that we talk not just to policy experts but the American public."
The commission will hold a public hearing on the issue on April 24 and 25 at Gallaudet University in Washington, and is seeking public comment at inspire2serve.gov.