Military service's double standard
TO THE EDITORS:
Women demand the right to volunteer for combat duty, but they, as a protected class, are immune from the draft. They want the right to fight, but only on their terms, i.e., only if they want to, whereas men have no choice. That's certainly a double standard.
Although our nation, currently does not draft men into the military, selective service still exists. Young men at the age of 18 are required to register. If they do not, they are subject to imprisonment, and/or a fine, and are not eligible for federal financial aid for college. Conversely, women are exempt from conscription.
Thus, we have a scenario wherein a young man can be drafted, placed in harm's way (maimed or loss of life), while a female is not subject to the draft, can securely pursue civilian life, go to college, receive financial aid and advance her career.
It is deplorable that she is enabled to do so at the expense of her male counterpart who is protecting her entitlement to do so. That's not affirmative action. That's discrimination. If the feminists want equality they should demand all women be subject to the draft.