President Trump’s Defense Department is recommending that women be required to sign up for the military draft for the first time in the nation’s history, according to a Defense Department report to Congress obtained by The Washington Times.
“It appears that, for the most part, expanding registration for the draft to include women would enhance further the benefits presently associated with the Selective Service System,” the report said.
According to the report, 11 million people would be added to the Selective Service System if women were required to take part in the draft.
Male U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 are currently required to register in the draft, which adds about 2 million people to the selective services each year.
Congress first considered requiring women to register for the draft last year in an annual defense policy bill but eventually abandoned the plan.