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  • Sweden set to reintroduce conscription: broadcaster SR

    03/02/2017 2:19:33 AM PST · by csvset · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 March 2017 | Wire
    Sweden set to reintroduce conscription: broadcaster SR Sweden's center-left government will decide on Thursday to reintroduce military conscription next year, amid lingering difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis and a more uncertain security situation, public broadcaster SR reported. The Nordic country mothballed compulsory military service in 2010, but military activity in the Baltic region has increased since, in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, prompting Sweden to step up military preparedness. The decision to reintroduce the draft, following recommendations by an official investigation, will cover both men and women born in 1999 or later, though...
  • Equal Access to the Draft Is Equality Not Worth Having

    06/20/2016 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    RINF ^ | June 20, 2016
    The New York Times recently reported that the Senate has voted to require women to register for the draft, with few Senators in opposition. This bill comes as no surprise given the military has been increasingly opening its doors to women. This culminated in last December when “…Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in December that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women…” which helped military officials advise Congress to make the draft apply for both women and men. This bill has such broad and widespread support because of its intuitive appeal: If all combat jobs are open...
  • Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft (McConnell, McCain for; Cruz against)

    06/15/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 225 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties. The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But...
  • In honor of Muhammad Ali, Sen. Rand Paul will introduce bill to end Selective Service

    06/07/2016 7:39:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    KSTV-TV ^ | June 6, 2016 | Nick Storm
    LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will soon be filing stand-alone legislation to end the practice of registering for the Selective Service. The bill titled ‘The Muhammad Ali Voluntary Service Act’ will be presented to Congress in honor of the famed boxer who refused to serve in the Vietnam War. On April, 28 1967 the heavy weight champion was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted in the United States Army. Ali, a Muslim and conscientious objector, was convicted of draft evasion — a conviction that would later be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. “One thing...
  • Air Force secretary supports draft registration for women

    06/03/2016 4:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Ottumwa Courier ^ | June 3, 2016 | Richard Lardner, the Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top civilian official said Friday she supports requiring young women to register for a potential military draft as Congress heads toward a divisive debate over whether to erase gender restrictions from Selective Service. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said there's no reason women shouldn't have to sign up just as men between the ages of 18 and 25 do. Women have never before been required to register in the United States and including them in a draft pool has outraged social conservatives....
  • GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

    05/17/2016 11:11:35 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 112 replies
    Fairfield Citizen ^ | 5-17-16 | Richard Lardner
    Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25 to sign up for a military draft. The committee's chairman, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement Tuesday the action was taken to prevent what he called a "reckless policy" from moving forward without closer study of its impact. "I have the utmost respect and deepest appreciation for the young women who bravely volunteer to serve our country, but I am adamantly...
  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/13/2016 8:32:22 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 132 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | May 12, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    Pregnant, female, Navy SEALs was something many of us used to joke about as a way of exaggerating the absurd social engineering in the military. Yet, placing women in special operations and direct combat units has now become a reality under the Obama-led Pentagon. Sadly, not only have Republicans like John McCain refused to use their perches on the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate to block this social engineering, they are now codifying it with a provision that could lead to a mandatory draft of all women. Earlier this week, I noted that the final House version...
  • Christie, Bush, Rubio open to conscripting women into combat; Cruz says it's 'nuts'

    02/09/2016 8:40:49 AM PST · by Antoninus · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/7/16 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Currently, there is no military draft in the U.S. But there is "selective service," an odd requirement that all U.S. males, at 18 years old, register for -- what, exactly? Basically, it's a way to make it very easy to reinstate the draft. The U.S. military is currently planning to scrap all limits on placing women in combat roles (the current limits do not keep women totally out of combat). So the logical next question is: Should women be as subject to drafting as men? Should women have to register for selective service? That was Martha Raddatz's question in Saturday...
  • Ted Cruz: Making U.S. women eligible to be drafted is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 6:50:58 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 93 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN)Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire audience Sunday that requiring women to sign up for the draft is "nuts," breaking with the views of several Republican presidential rivals. Two days before the New Hampshire primary Cruz veered off his stump speech to blast his GOP competitors on the issue, which came up at the ABC debate Saturday. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they'd support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not...
  • Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

    02/07/2016 12:59:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Warren
    Full Title: Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense' and Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths." Peterborough, N.H.- Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register. "It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I...
  • Cruz: Drafting women is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by Isara · 170 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/07/16 | Katie Glueck
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H.-Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them...
  • Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration

    02/06/2016 4:36:00 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 68 replies
    Bible-Literalist Writings ^ | February 3, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    An Open Letter to Independent Baptist Pastors in the Indiana 9th Congressional District. February 3, 2016 (Revised) Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration Dear Pastors: At some point you will have to develop a genuine conviction from the Scriptures on issues related to (1) Christian women serving in the Armed Forces; (2) Christian women serving in combat roles; (3) Christian women being required by federal law to register for Selective Service (register for the draft). American women have pushed their “rights” to serve in military functions alongside men, including in combat roles, to the point that now...
  • Ex-generals: Bring back conscription (Germany)

    03/26/2014 9:05:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Mar 2014 10:29 GMT+01:00
    Mounting tension in the Crimea is prompting calls for compulsory military service to be reintroduced in Germany. A number of German ex-generals have raised fears over the nation’s military strength should it be drawn into a NATO-led conflict. “We need compulsory military service. There is no other way for Germany to guarantee national defense within the [NATO] mutual defense alliance,” retired NATO general Egon Ramms told Bild newspaper. “[It certainly can’t be done] on a voluntary basis.” Ramms was commander of the Allied Joint Forces Command between 2007 and 2010, one of the highest-ranking positions in the NATO alliance. …
  • Israel passes law to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews into military

    03/12/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 12 Mar 2014 | AP
    Law passed in Knesset on Wednesday will require army to conscript increasing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews each year Israeli lawmakers passed a contentious law on Wednesday meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military – the culmination of a drive for reforms that has resulted in mass protests by the religious community in Israel and beyond. The issue of conscription of the ultra-Orthodox is at the heart of a cultural war in Israel. The matter featured prominently in elections last year that led to the establishment of the centre-right government, which has pushed for the legislation. Wednesday's vote passed 67-1...
  • Drafting Docs: Obamacare’s next logical step -- Doctor conscription.

    12/05/2013 8:40:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2013 | Kevin Williamson
    Not the only interesting result here — Gallup’s also picking up the trend of millennials abandoning The One — but after so much post-election heavy breathing about his advantage with Latinos and how the GOP can win them back, it’s obviously the showstopper.Second look at congressional gridlock on immigration reform?The glass-half-full read: This is proof positive that Democrats do not, in fact, own the Latino vote. They can blow it, and to some extent may already have. But then, we already knew that from previous Gallup polls. Back in August, they noted that O’s job approval among Latinos was conspicuously...
  • Save America: Restore the draft

    12/02/2013 3:20:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    At this time of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the U.S. military — not just for the usual reason that it protects us from our foes but also because it has the potential to save us from ourselves. As I make my rounds each day in the capital, chronicling our leaders’ plentiful foibles, failings, screw-ups, inanities, outrages and overall dysfunction, I’m often asked if there’s anything that could clean up the mess. My usual answer is a shrug and an admission that there’s no silver bullet. There are many possibilities — campaign spending limits, term limits, nonpartisan primaries, nonpartisan redistricting, a...
  • Norway to Draft Women Into Armed Forces

    06/19/2013 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2013, 5:14 p.m | ELLEN EMMERENTZE JERVELL
    The small Scandinavian nation said it would be the first nation in NATO to draft females into military service after decades of confining its conscription activities to men. "We are sending a signal that, once again, Norway's thinking ahead when it comes to equality, Norway's foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide said in an interview Sunday, two days after the parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new law mandating the drafting of women. About 10% of Norway's military is currently female, but the goal is to take the number to 20% by 2020. Norway has long considered itself a forerunner...
  • Haredim advised to emigrate from Israel

    05/13/2013 4:49:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 05.13.13, 14:10 | Moshe Heller
    Dozens of copies of a booklet calling on ultra-Orthodox Jews to emigrate from Israel were handed out last week near the main synagogue in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood, on the backdrop of the battle between Israel’s haredi and secular publics over the attempt to draft yeshiva students to the Israel Defense Forces and introduce core subjects into haredi schools’ curriculum. Although the booklet was written about 15 years ago by Rabbi Moshe Dov Beck of the extreme Eda Haredit faction, it was handed out once again this week in light of the haredi draft issue, which has reached the High...
  • “Morning Joe” panel: Second look at instituting a public-service draft for young Americans?

    02/15/2013 3:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2013 | Allahpundi
    This one’s long but stick with it. The good stuff doesn’t start happening until after we’re treated to the thousandth iteration of Charlie Rangel’s master plan to end war as we know it by reinstituting a military draft which virtually no one supports and which Congress will never again feel safe voting for. A draft which, incidentally, he thinks should now include women: “Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts,” Rangel said in a statement. “Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel...
  • MK Ariel: Draft Evaders won't Face Criminal Charges

    02/09/2013 1:19:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Uri Ariel, the head of Bayit Yehudi's coalition negotiations team, said in an interview published Friday that the hareidi leadership is sowing unnecessary panic regarding the plans to enlist hareidi men to the military and national service. Ariel told hareidi newspaper Hamevaser that Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid – Bayit Yehudi's prospective partner in the coalition, which insists on toughening up laws regarding hareidi enlistment – is not against allowing Torah students to be exempted from service. "He is not trying to close down the yeshivas," explained Ariel. "He recognizes the Torah students. There is an argument about numbers,...