Congress/Legislation
May 2, 2016

As if our military doesn’t have enough problems, on April 27 the House Armed Services Committee narrowly approved legislation to “Draft America’s Daughters.”  If the misguided measure makes it into law, Military Selective Service Act (MSSA) obligations would be imposed on young women between the ages of 18-26, on the same basis as men.

This is more than a symbolic gesture.  Drafting unsuspecting girls-next-door in a future national emergency would create a political crisis and a paralyzing administrative overload that would weaken our armed forces at the worst possible time.

During the House committee markup, Marine veteran Duncan Hunter (R-CA) proposed and requested a roll-call vote on his “Draft America’s Daughters” amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA - HR 4909).  Hunter said he wanted to . . .

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February 20, 2016

Congress and the Next President Should Review Results of Research on Women in Combat

On February 2, 2016, the Senate Armed Services Committee held the first hearing on women in combat since 1991, 25 years ago.  Appearing at the hearing were Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain invited the Center for Military Readiness to submit a Statement for the Record for the hearing.  The full 37-page statement, which is supported by extensive footnotes and links to cited sources, ... Read More

February 16, 2016

Cruz Calls Idea “Nuts”

UPDATE #2: CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey

The New Hampshire Presidential Primary revealed what may be the first signs of voter concern about political correctness and social experiments in the military.  Following conflicting comments about Selective Service from four Republican presidential candidates, some voters may be worried about their daughters and granddaughters being registered for a possible future draft. . . . Read More

June 5, 2015

The Issue is Oversight – Does Congress Care about Women in the Military?

Nearly 100 distinguished retired military and civilian organization leaders have co-signed a Military Culture Coalition (MCC) letter expressing concerns about the lack of congressional oversight on the issue of women being ordered into direct ground combat units such as the infantry:

Military/Civilian Letter to Chairman John McCain

Re: Women in Direct Ground Combat

Co-signers of the MCC letter include a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, high-ranking former leaders of the Marine Corps, . . . Read More

February 20, 2015
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new report on the issue of women in land combat titled: Women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) Review Paper − 01 December 2014.  Even though the 29-page document appears to have been written by one faction and edited by another, the report includes specific, highly-relevant  information that should be reviewed by Congress, policy makers, and everyone who supports our military nationwide.  . . . Read More

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