Don’t Draft Our Daughters!

By August 15, 2016North Carolina
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Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support and efforts in telling the U.S. Senate, “Don’t draft our daughters!” We need your help to make sure America’s daughters are not forced to register for the draft.

Call your Senators and ask them to sign Sen. Sasse’s (R-Nebraska) letter which asks the NDAA conferees to adopt the House of Representative’s language calling for a study on the draft as a replacement to the Senate language which would force women to register. Below is a script for when you call followed by additional background information.

Action: Join Concerned Women for America in reaching out to senators and asking them to sign the Dear Colleague letter sponsored by Sen. Sasse and addressed to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees requesting they adopt the House language on the draft in conference. Thank you for speaking out in defense of our military readiness and the daughters of America.

Call and ask to speak to the “Military Legislative Assistant” about NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Tell them or whoever takes note of your call the following:

“My name is _________ and I am a member of Concerned Women for America and constituent of Senator ___________. I am asking Sen. _________ to sign Sen. Sasse’s letter asking the NDAA conferees to adopt the House language on the Selective Service calling for a study on the draft. More than twenty years have passed since the last study on the Selective Service. Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice; before drafting America’s daughters, we need to examine the Selective Service and what best aids our nation’s military readiness. Please sign Sen. Sasse’s letter and give the draft the consideration our military deserves.”

Where we are: Currently, the NDAA has passed the House and Senate. The House version has language for a study on the draft as a whole, while the Senate bill passed with the provision forcing women to register for the Military Selective Service. Our goal is for Congress to adopt the House language calling for a study on the draft when they conference to reconcile the House and Senate NDAA bills.

Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice. Such dramatic change should not occur without first examining the impact on the military. We are confident a study will demonstrate that forcing women to register for the draft would impair military readiness. It has been over twenty years since the Selective Service has been studied. Our military deserves a thorough consideration of any significant change in policy before it is implemented.

Congress should perform its due diligence before upending the draft on a whim. Thank you in advance for your action!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org