Paul Ryan Isn't 'Rendering Judgment' Yet on Whether to Require Young Women to Register for Draft

By Penny Starr | February 11, 2016 | 12:29 PM EST

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

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( – At his weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said he wants to hear more about what the Defense Department has to say about requiring all young women to register for the draft before he renders a judgment on whether he supports requiring all young women to do so. asked Ryan: “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, Speaker Ryan, personally support requiring all young women to register for the draft?”

Ryan said: “We’re waiting to hear more from the Defense Department on this. The authorizing committee is doing more hearings on this. So I just want to hear what the Defense Department has to say about this before rendering judgment."

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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