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Supreme court declines to hear challenge to men-only military draft

On Monday, the Supreme Court chose not to hear a challenge to the federal requirement that only males can register for the military. The Military Selective Service Act currently requires all men in the U.S. to enroll with the Selective Service System when he becomes a legal adult.

The National Coalition for Men says that this gender-based requirement is unconstitutional given that it discriminates based on sex. In their petition, the National Coalition for men says that this “registration requirement is one of the last sex-based classifications in federal law” and that it “imposes selective burdens on men, reinforces the notion that women are not full and equal citizens, and perpetuates stereotypes about men’s and women’s capabilities.”

In 2013, the secretary of defense Leon Panetta lifted a remaining ban that prevented women from serving in combat roles. However, the Supreme Court refused to examine whether this federal requirement is constitutional and if its 1981 decision to sustain the Military Selective Service Act should be overturned.

According to the Supreme Court website, the Justice Department said that it would be “premature” for the Supreme Court to reconsider this act “at this time,” but that Congress “is actively considering the scope of the registration requirement.”

The National Coalition for Men did not ask the justices to mandate that women register with the Elective Service System when they turn 18. Rather, the coalition wanted the Supreme Court to recognize the unconstitutionality of the male-only draft requirement. In their petition, they suggested that Congress “choose the path forward” should the Court “repudiate men-only registration.”

Although the Supreme Court rejected to hear the challenge to the military draft this Monday, Congress is still considering the National Coalition for Men’s petition.


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