Why Lee Is Against Including Women In the Draft

In an interview with The Daily Signal, Sen. Mike Lee explains his opposition to forcing women into the Selective Service.

Reports Josh Siegel:

To Sen. Mike Lee, the battle over whether women should have to register for a draft that does not exist is more consequential than it sounds.


Though the U.S. has had an all-volunteer force since 1973, some Republicans are using this year’s defense policy bill to try to require women to sign up for the Selective Service System, compelling them to serve in the military if a draft were ever reinstated.


Supporters of the provision of the National Defense Authorization Act expanding Selective Service to women are doing so in the name of inclusivity, arguing that if women are able to serve in combat—which they can—they should naturally be eligible for the draft if it were brought back.


But as senators debate the annual defense policy bill this week, conservatives like Lee are fighting back, arguing that forcing women into the Selective Service would actually restrict their freedoms.