The U.S. House is expected to vote very soon on whether America should, for the first time ever, begin forcibly drafting our daughters and mothers to fight our wars. If the current Defense Authorization Act passes the House – as is expected – it will head to the Senate for a battle that will ultimately determine whether President Biden gets a chance to sign the new draft provision into law.
The mostly Democratic supporters say the more expansive draft is simply a way to avoid sex-based discrimination in the law while providing the DoD with sufficient personnel for war. These platitudes obscure the fundamental and biological differences between men and women, while suggesting that we need our daughters, sisters and mothers to round out our military. We do not.
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin destroyed this argument in a recent essay written for Family Research Council. Co-authored with Mary Beth Waddell, the essay notes that forcing women into the draft is all about “advancing a social agenda through our military,” even as it erodes combat effectiveness.
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Boykin and Waddell argue that drafting women will actually be “detrimental to military lethality, readiness, and unit cohesion.” They cite studies which show that “all-male military infantry units perform better than co-ed infantry units.”
Additionally, they argue that there are already more than enough men to draft if there were a major conflict which required a doubling of military personnel to 5 million soldiers. That would only necessitate an additional 1.4% of the U.S. male population.
None of this is to degrade the women who serve our nation with distinction. They have every right to do so and should be thanked and honored for their service. But the reality is that wars are largely fought by strong young men, working in close quarters amid life-threatening dangers that require levels of strength and stamina which are not equal distributed among the sexes. The idea of forcing our young women into war zones for the sake of a perverted sense of “equality” runs counter to both physical biology and basic decency.
Read Boykin’s essay here.
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