Aren't Required to Register
Selective Service law as it is written now refers specifically
to "male persons" in stating who must register and who would be
drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective
Service, Congress would have to amend the law.
constitutionality of excluding women was tested in the courts. A
Supreme Court decision in 1981,
held that registering only men did not violate the due process
clause of the Constitution.
Following a unanimous
recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary
Leon E. Panetta announced, on January 24, 2013, the end of the
direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.
The service branches continue to move forward with a plan to
eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.
Ongoing project is still underway.
NOTE: The Selective
Service System, if given the mission and additional modest
resources, is capable of registering and drafting women.
on Women and the Draft is available at this site.)