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By Major Van Harl USAF Ret

Combat, Women and The Draft

Combat, Women and The Draft

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Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)-  It was 8 January 1973 and I turned eighteen that day. I was in college and after class I went to the local draft board office and registered for the Selective Service.

The Vietnam War had gone on the entire time I was in high school and being drafted into the Army was a constant topic of conversation amongst my fellow draft age friends. My father was active duty Navy at the time and I had lived on or near military bases all eighteen years of my young life.

The military was normal to me but not so normal to my purely civilian high school friends. Most had never lived anywhere other than the hometown they grew up in. The idea that the US Government could force you to join / enlist in the Army was not received well in my age group.

After registering, I went back to campus and complained to anyone who would listen to me. I was young and felt I was being unfairly singled out. My campus student union was half full of female students who did not have to register. I expressed my unhappiness to my fellow female students and for the most part they were shocked I would even consider requiring women to register for the draft. They were girls and while they expected equality in everything else, for the most part none of them wanted anything to do with joining the military much less being forced to enlist.

I asked the questions: what if you had to register and you were drafted, what would you do? The answer seemed to revolve around getting pregnant to avoid being forced to join the Army. Followed by a laugh that let me know as a male I was getting the short end of the stick and my female classmates thought it was funny that the joke was on me. The Vietnam War ended a few months later and so did the drafting of America’s young men. However the draft did not end.

To this day all US males have to register with the Selective Service when they reach the age of eighteen. This country has not used the draft since 1973 even with all the conflicts the US has been in from 1973 to the present. Should there ever be a WWII type of great-war, trust me the draft notices will go out very quickly.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has decided that women will no longer be restricted from any career field in the military. So if women can fill any job or position in the military, does that mean in an effort to be equal and fair, women should to required to register for the draft?

There are very few people in my big Air Force who envision being issued an 80 pound pack along with weapon, ammo and supplies, then sent out to live and fight on the land with only the gear they are carrying on their back. In reality any male member of the military no matter how wimpy his back-office, techno, clean hands admin career field he works in, can be ordered to the frontlines as a rifleman. He may get himself killed because he spent more time working on his military computer rather than his military rifle, but so goes the fortunes of war.

Billy Airman can be ordered to be an infantry soldier and sent to die at the forward edge of the battle area. If all jobs in the DOD are now equal will we be ordering Sally Airman to the head of the line for close combat fighting?

So both men and women must stand ready to be drafted and then potential ordered to die in combat. Even if the current draftable young American decides to avoid their obligation to serve and protect this Nations by quickly becoming a mother that will only be a medical delay. They will be drafted and they could be ordered into one of the front line combat career fields.

I attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course as an Air Force officer. I learned to kill and learned to lead others in combat. Infantry is not for the faint of heart. I learned many excellent skills on how to destroy my opponent while he was trying to kill me. I did not like being at Infantry school and could not wait to get back to the Air Force.

I do however believe I have a much better understanding of ground combat warfare than the average Air Force troop and it is very ugly. Make no mistake I support women in the military. I have a wife who is a retired AF Colonel and a daughter who wants to be military medical officer. However I am concerned about equal opportunity ground combat—it is coming.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret
vanharl@aol.com

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. vanharl@aol.com

  • 3 User comments to “Combat, Women and The Draft”

    1. If I could, I would boot all the women from all military services as well as all homosexuals and anything else unnatural. I would have an amendment in the Constitution forbidding women, homosexuals and anything else unnatural from serving in any military service in any capacity; I would make it illegal for any woman or homosexual or anything else unnatural to be in any chain-of-command of all/any military services. The Cross of Jesus Christ would be prominently displayed with no excuses or apologies as well as the Ten Commandments–and whosoever complained could request separation from the service minus the costs of being trained, clothed, fed & sheltered. There is a very good reason why women are not in the NFL and there is another good reason why homosexuals should be kept out of it–it’s called morality.

      P.S. Any homosexual who ignores their ban into any military service and is found out would serve a minimum of 10 years in federal prison.

    2. Rosen Otter on January 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM said:

      RockHard, I’d do the opposite: I’d encourage women, homosexuals, and everyone else in the country to join; I’d select the best for the chain of command, regardless of sex, religion, or if they were homosexual. Religious insignia would be secondary to the national symbol, which binds us together rather than separating us, while we would accommodate religious minorities as long as it didn’t make the military less effective for doing it.

      We would then have an army like Israel has, and Israel has yet to be defeated. L’chaim!

    3. Robert Zraick on January 31, 2013 at 3:15 AM said:

      When the government wanted to create more taxpayers, they engineered woman entering the work force. This was a documanted fact the it was communist inspired to dismantle the American family so that the State would run everything including the families.

      Now that the tyrants need more bodies to fight their illegal wars of aggression, they need more bodies to be cannon fodder for their adventures.

      I am all for equality of women but I recognize that there is a physical difference between men and women.

      I suppose that women can guard the poppy fields as well as men.

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