Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide

"Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service.

"Berlin has said it’s considering changing its position on conscription." Conscription for women in Norway | All media content | DW.COM | 14.12.2016 December 17, 2016

"After the first half year of military service, with equal numbers conscripted, the proportion of soldiers who drop out is least among women, reported Aftenposten newspaper.

"‘It turns out that girls are better stickers during initial service than boys. I would call that a good lesson’, said Commander Per-Thomas Boe, who is a staff officer under Chief of Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, to the newspaper." Fewer women than men are falling out of initial military service by Gerard Taylor, 27. December 2016 Norway Today

"STOCKHOLM — If Sweden reinstitutes the draft, as it is expected to do within a couple of months, many will report the move as a return to a previous era. (...)

"The return to conscription is both a sign of more uncertain times and the result of difficulties Sweden has had in filling its military roster with only volunteer forces. But it would be a mistake to write off the effort as a rollback of progress. Sweden’s initiative will show the draft in its modern incarnation: targeted, highly selective, and applied to both men and women." Bring back the draft. No, really. Sweden’s highly selective conscription of men and women is an opportunity for the military and the young. By Elisabeth Braw, 1/21/17 CET via politico.eu

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Israel Grapples With Military’s Plan to Open Combat Roles to Women - December 30, 2016

Clinton Says Women Should be Included in Draft: Huffington Post - June 16, 2016

My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity - June 29, 2016

The best countries for gender equality may also have a domestic violence problem - June 26, 2016

President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women - July 28, 2016

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"As of 2013, countries that were actively drafting women into military service included Bolivia,[54] Chad,[55]Eritrea,[56][57][58] Israel,[56][57][59]Mozambique [60] and North Korea. [61]Israel has universal female conscription, although in practice women can avoid service by claiming a religious exemption and over a third of Israeli women do so. (...)

"In 2015 Norway introduced female conscription, making it the first NATO member and first European country to have a legally compulsory national service for both men and women.[65] In practice only motivated volunteers are selected to join the army in Norway.[66] (...)

"In 1981 in the United States, several men filed lawsuit in the case Rostker v. Goldberg, alleging that the Selective Service Act of 1948 violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment by requiring that only men register with the Selective Service System (SSS). The Supreme Court eventually upheld the Act, stating that "the argument for registering women was based on considerations of equity, but Congress was entitled, in the exercise of its constitutional powers, to focus on the question of military need, rather than 'equity.'"[70]" Conscription (Drafting of women) on Wikipedia