Selective Service Sex Discrimination

The military is looking for a few good men. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

It’s ironic that the selective service is kinda the opposite of selective-under the law, virtually all men between the ages of 18 and 26 living in the US have to register so they could be drafted in the event of a national emergency, but women don’t have to register.

That’s why a group of men sued the government for sex discrimination. A similar lawsuit was filed back in 1981, but the Supreme Court upheld the male-only registration because at the time, women couldn’t serve in combat. But women have since been integrated into combat, so this time, a lower court found that it is discriminatory-but just last week the appeals court reversed that decision because only the Supreme Court can revise a Supreme Court decision, even one based on facts that are no longer the case.

If this case gets appealed to the Supreme Court, we may have a different outcome; for now, women can select to join the military, but the selective services won’t make them register.

From The Judge Group I’m Amy E. Feldman, for KYW News Radio.

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