Pelosi Wants to Discuss Requiring All Young Women to Register for Draft

By Lauretta Brown | February 11, 2016 | 11:53 AM EST

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

(D-Calif.).  (AP) 

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told at her press briefing on Thursday that requiring young women to register for the draft is “an issue that we should discuss."

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, asked Pelosi, “The commandant of the Marine Corps and chief of staff of the Army testified in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that young women should be required to register for the draft. Do you support requiring all young women to register for the draft?

Pelosi said, “I think it’s an issue that we should discuss. I think we should discuss it. Every time we use the word draft people get a misunderstanding about what you’re talking about but I have supported women in every role in the military including Commander in Chief.”

“I think it’s an important issue for us to discuss,” she said. “It is, the public opinion on it is really I think thirsty for more information as to what that would mean.”

Earlier this month, Gen. Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, "[I]t’s my personal view that based on this lifting of restrictions for assignment to unit MOS, that every American who’s physically qualified should register for the draft.”

Also, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testified, "I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft."

As previously reported, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in December that all U.S. military positions--including combat positions--will be open to women. When asked if that means women must register for Selective Service like men are required to do, Carter said, “It may.”

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