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Women in Combat

VostraGuida Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:18 PM
In a 1981 case called Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the argument that the draft is unconstitutional because only men are required by law to register. In so holding, the Court ruled that the Selective Service process is designed to enable the federal government to assemble "combat-ready" people. Because women were excluded from combat in 1981, there was no basis for requiring them to participate in the draft. As a result, the law was permissible as written. With the recent lifting of the ban on women in combat, however, the Supreme Court's rationale in Rostker v. Goldberg may no longer hold up. Sadly, the law may have to be changed to require women to register for the draft. Very sneaky Obama.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:33 PM
How does the court square forced service to the government with the 13th Amendment banning forced servitude?
Matthew492 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 5:05 PM
Arver v. United States, 245 U.S. 366 (1918), The court doesn't give it an in-depth analyses, but concludes that a government has to be able to call upon its citizens to defend it.

"Finally, as we are unable to conceive upon what theory the exaction by government from the citizen of the performance of his supreme and noble duty of contributing to the defense of the rights and honor of the nation as the result of a war declared by the great representative body of the people can be said to be the imposition of involuntary servitude in violation of the prohibitions of the Thirteenth Amendment, we are constrained to the conclusion that the contention to that effect is refuted by its mere statement."

evie10 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:42 PM

A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field."

The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same age,...