- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

The White House said Friday it will review whether women should become eligible for the military draft, in light of the Pentagon’s announcement that women will be allowed to serve in combat units.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said officials will examine a Defense Department analysis on potential changes to the Selective Service Act, which requires virtually all men in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 26 register for the draft, most within 30 days of turning 18. Currently women are exempt.

“We’re going to work with Congress to look at that analysis, to review it and sort of get others’ opinions to determine if additional reforms or changes to the act are necessary in light of this specific decision” allowing women in combat, Mr. Earnest said.

He said President Obama has not conveyed his views on the subject to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, and House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, said they “look forward to receiving the [Defense] Department’s views on any changes to the Selective Service Act that may be required as a result of this decision.”

Mr. Carter, who announced the decision Thursday to open up combat roles to women, said he didn’t know how the draft issue would be resolved. He said it is “unfortunately” subject to ongoing litigation.

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