The fact is there is no draft requirement today and I’m betting there won’t be for quite some time — if ever. Just on that note alone, the question is based in supposition rather than on some impending law. That said however, my answer would remain no even if there was a draft. Call me crazy, but I’m not at the point where I can imagine, much less fathom, any woman being subjected to modern day barbarism found on the battlefield. My son spent several years defending this country in combat and, as expected, has the stories and scars to prove it. To imagine his sister and my daughter experiencing the same things, or even worse, is simply not acceptable in my world.
Volunteering is an entirely different matter and is a deeply personal choice. Any woman choosing to join any branch of the military should not only be allowed, but she should be supported like every other patriot in uniform. I came to the conclusion many years ago that this world is run by women and that we’d be in big trouble if it weren’t. From family and societal influences to the ability to run companies large and small to teaching young people at home and in the classroom, women are brilliant, beautiful souls. We have remarkable women doing remarkable things in Waxahachie and they should be celebrated.
Here are a few facts:
•According to the Pentagon, fewer than 15 percent of those serving across all branches of the military today are women.
•In raw numbers, that equals about 220,000 women who are actively serving this country.
•In addition, there are approximately 1.9 million female veterans in America today.
Those are numbers unequaled in the world – a world being ravished by a level of violence we’ve not seen in our lifetimes. To make matters worse, as if that’s possible, our military is being slashed in what amounts to a baffling, irresponsible sign of weakness and cowardice by Obama. As a result, not only is America put at great risk, but the rest of the civilized world is as well. As such, it’s the kind of risk that requires a deeper, bolder willingness to serve. That any government with a leader like ours who enables the rest of the world to become as barbaric and violent as it is could have any dictate about who serves in our military is wrong - deadly wrong.
My prayer is that as we elect new leadership in America later this year we do so with an understanding of the sacrifices being made by our military men and women. From where I sit, we must elect someone who will revitalize, strengthen and restore the power of our collective branches of military and, in doing so, give every man and woman who wants to serve the confidence and support necessary to win every battle, every war.
Should women serve if they so choose? Yes.
Should they be required? No way.
Scott Brooks serves as the publisher of the Waxahachie Daily Light. Contact Scott at 469-517-1440 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottBrooks1405