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Selective Service System Equality?

Selective Service System

► Women Draft Registration Could be Next

As Norway became the first NATO country to require women to register for the draft this month, it has
American military analysts debating whether the US could be on the verge of taking the same step, too. It
was back in 1981 that the US Supreme Court ruled that requiring only men to register for the draft was
constitutional, since there were US laws that banned women from fighting in combat. Essentially, the
argument went, since the purpose of registration for selective service -which all men must do at the age of
18, regardless of whether there is a draft in effect –is to prepare for combat, and women are excluded from
combat, then they would not be needed in the event of a draft. But with the Pentagon’s decision to lift the
ban on women in combat by January 2016– and its move in recent months to open a number of jobs to female
troops previously held only by men - those Supreme Court arguments from 33 years ago may no longer
apply, analysts note, adding that mandatory registration for the draft may be the next logical step.

“It’s a social contract with democracy–that’s my take on it,” says Shelly Burgoyne, a former Army
officer who served two tours of duty in Iraq during the war and believes women should be requi
red to add their names to the Selective Service registry. “If you’re going to take advantage of all of the benefits of a
democracy, then I think you should also bear the responsibility as well.” A former platoon leader running
supply convoys, Ms. Burgoyne says she did not initially think that women should be allowed to serve in
combat jobs and even wrote her senior thesis laying out the reasons why they shouldn’t. Her beliefs changed,
she says, after her time in Iraq. “I saw women physically able to do it,” she says. “I did a full-on reversal
–if you can do the job, then you can do the job.” A congressionally chartered association of US military reservists
recently passed a resolution last year calling for the registration of women for the Selective Service as well,
noting that 14 percent of active duty troops and nearly one -fifth of National Guard and Reserves are now

Even though 275,000 women have deployed to fight America’s recent wars, “an inequality exists between
men and women between the ages of 18 -26 under the Selective Service Act,” the Reserve Officers
Association of the United States notes. “Women should be treated equally as responsible, competent,
contributing members of America’s society. While men are required to register for the Selective Service,
there has not been a draft in the United States since the Vietnam -war era. Pentagon brass strongly believes
that the current all -volunteer force performs much better than a conscripted force would. The presence of
women on the rolls has the potential to make a draft even less politically palatable. Yet there are other
possibilities in the event of a national emergency in which the draft is activated, says retired Maj. Gen.
Charles Dunlap, the former deputy judge advocate general of the Air Force and now the executive director
of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law in Durham, N.C.
Congress might say, for example, that the national emergency requires 95 percent of draftees to be
fighters, or infantry.

A draft bill might argue that since, say, 95 percent of infantry troops are men, then the national emergency
would require 95 percent of men to be called up, and 5 percent of women, Mr. Dunlap notes. In that case,
the law might say that the 5 per cent requirement could be filled by female volunteers, rather than conscripts, he adds. “There would be a relatively small number of women who would want to do it and be able to pass the test,” Dunlap argues. “Those that wanted to do it and could would be welcomed into the unit, because they would be extraordinary people,” he adds. “I don’t see thousands and thousands of women in the infantry.”

[Source: The Christian Science Monitor | Anna Mulrine | October 28, 2014 ++]

MICHIGAN: Breaking News Gary Peters defeats Terri Lynn Land in race for U.S. Senate,

Source: Detroit Free Press

Breaking News --

Gary Peters(D) defeats Terri Lynn Land(R) in race for U.S. Senate, Free Press projects

Read more: http://www.freep.com/

Gun accidentally fired in Bob Evans bathroom

Gun accidentally fired in Bob Evans bathroom

From Staff Reports 2:05 p.m. EST November 3, 2014
Livingston County Press, Howell, Michigan

Police officials say that a found handgun was accidentally discharged in a bathroom at the Bob Evans in Genoa Township. (Photo: Alan Ward/Livingston Daily )

Texas man’s curiosity led him to pick up a gun — which accidentally discharged — that he found in the bathroom of a Genoa Township restaurant.

Fortunately, only a cooler at the Bob Evans Farms Restaurant at 3880 E. Grand River was shot around 11:30 a.m. today.

Michigan State Police at the Brighton post said the 58-year-old Texan found a 9-mm H&K handgun laying in the restaurant’s bathroom and he decided to pick it up.

It accidentally discharged and the round went through the wall and into the cooler, a trooper explained.

The trooper said the Texan immediately put the gun down, walked out of the bathroom and told a restaurant employee who called 911.

The trooper said he believes the Texan, who remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation, had no intent to fire the gun and police are not seeking charges.


Police are searching for the gun’s owner.

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