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Drafting women; Congress spending

Drafting women

On Tuesday, the Senate passed S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision forcing American daughters to sign up for the Selective Service, including future draft eligibility.

Women and men have equal natural rights, but equality doesn’t mean ignoring that biological differences between them are relevant to accomplishing military missions.

Over a nine-month Marine Corps’ Gender Integration Task Force study, which evaluated mixed-gender units in combat training activities, all-male units outperformed mixed units in 69 percent of the tasks while mixed units outperformed male units in less than 2 percent of the tasks.

The women’s injury rate was much higher.

As former Marine Corps servicewoman Jude Eden argues, “Combat is not an equal opportunity for women because they don’t have an equal opportunity to survive.”

Military personnel policy should be determined based on military objectives, not President Obama’s social agenda.

The final version will be determined in conference committee, which will reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.

The House’s NDAA does not include a provision to draft women.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas should call on the conference committee to protect our daughters from the draft by adopting the House-passed NDAA.

Kristen Pelphrey,



The beautiful, talented young lady named Miss U.S.A. was an excellent choice.

However, her answer to a special question apparently is what put her over the top.

She gave the strongest answer of the night.

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men,” she said to cheers from the crowd in Las Vegas on Sunday.

“As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States.”

It has nothing to do with dedication, strength, being tough and powerful.

More important is the age-old instinct (of most men) — chivalry.

If in a difficult and dangerous situation, the instinct will be for the males to look out for and protect the women in their immediate area, possibly preventing the male team from fully doing their task at hand.

R.A. Studer,