Air Force secretary supports draft registration for women

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top civilian official says she favors requiring women to register for a potential military draft.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James says there's no reason women shouldn't register for the Selective Service just as men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to do.

James' remarks came Friday during the taping of an interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program.

The annual defense policy bill the Senate is scheduled to consider next week includes a draft registration requirement for women. That measure calls for women to sign up with the Selective Service beginning in January 2018.

The provision has roiled social conservatives, who say they will fight to have it removed from the legislation.

The House version requires a study of whether the Selective Service is even needed.