ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

clear-night
44°
Clear
H 62° L 28°
  • clear-night
    44°
    Current Conditions
    Clear. H 62° L 28°
  • clear-night
    29°
    Morning
    Clear. H 62° L 28°
  • cloudy-day
    45°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 50° L 33°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

National
Top military brass say women should have to register for the draft
Close

Top military brass say women should have to register for the draft

Top military brass say women should have to register for the draft
Photo Credit: Scott Olson
PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 25: Female Marine recruits fire on the rifle range during boot camp February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. All female enlisted Marines and male Marines who were living east of the Mississippi River when they were recruited attend boot camp at Parris Island. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Top military brass say women should have to register for the draft

Now that women will have the ability to serve in any military role, some of the U.S.' top armed forces brass think it’s time for women to register for any future drafts as well. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense

The top officers from both the Marine Corps and the Army told the Senate Armed Services Committee women should have to register for the Selective Service System.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the committee, "I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft." (Video via U.S. Army

This marks a change in tone for the Army. Last year, when asked if women should also have to register for the draft, Milley declined to comment. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense

Milley and Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller were commenting on an upcoming shift in military policy that will allow women into any service job, including strenuous roles like infantry or special operations, which women were previously barred from having.

Neller is still opposed to letting women take more physically demanding jobs like machine gunner, but despite his opposition, the Department of Defense will start implementing changes to the military’s gender policies April 1. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. first implemented a version of the Selective Service System almost 100 years ago as the country prepared to fight in World War I. 

As the law stands now, almost all physically able men in the country between the ages of 18 and 25 must register for the draft in case the Army is short on manpower. If someone doesn’t register, they could face a quarter-million dollar fine and a five-year jail sentence.

For now, this is all just talk and there are no solid plans in place that would require women to register. And even if they did, there's no reason to expect it would matter anyway. No American has been drafted since 1973 during the Vietnam War.

 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • Jacksonville, Florida, officers say a man when he shot and killed a driver on I-95. >> Watch the news report here Police said 32-year-old Tyrell Brown was sleeping in the passenger seat of 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady's car as they drove through Jacksonville on Sunday. The group was traveling from Orlando to North Carolina. At one point, Brown woke up and shot Grady in the face, a witness told police. The witness, who was in the backseat of the car, tried to gain control of the wheel. The car ran off the interstate and crashed near the Union Street exit around 3:15 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Officials said Brown violently resisted officers when they got to the scene. There was no indication of a prior altercation between Brown and Grady, officers said. A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Brown smoked a cigarette dipped in formaldehyde and marijuana before the shooting. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville for his safety, officers said. Brown is facing a murder charge. His next court date is Dec. 12.
  • After an eight-week special session, the House fell just five votes short of a tax-raising plan to stabilize state revenues. Once the special session was over, Governor Mary Fallin caught legislative leaders off guard when she vetoed a bill that would have closed a $215 million hole in the budget. The plan called for a combination of cuts to agency budgets and raids on state savings accounts. Gov. Fallin will soon ask the Oklahoma Legislature to return to the state Capitol.  Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the governor is working to pin down potential dates and define the parameters of her special session call that will determine what kind of bills lawmakers can consider.
  • As the Oklahoma Blood Institute moves into the final stretch of its 40th anniversary year, it’s trying to get word out about what it does, and the need for extra help during the holidays. In those four decades, OBI has grown to become the ninth-largest non-profit blood center in the nation. OBI Recruitment Manager Kenda Burnham told KRMG Tuesday they serve about 90 percent of the hospitals in the state, and for most of them, are the only source of blood. “That includes all childrens’, all veterans’, and all Indian hospitals in the state,” she said. “We also supply St. Francis Health Systems, which is the largest user of blood here in northeast Oklahoma.” That requires a lot of donations. “It takes close to 1,200 donors every single day to ensure we meet the needs of patients all across our systems,” Burnham said. And that need does not go down during the holidays, but unfortunately donations often do. “Holidays are a little more challenging, because people just get out of their regular routine,” Burnham told KRMG. “People are busy doing other things, so sometimes they forget to take time to give blood. So we still have patients in those hospitals, no matter what day of the year it is, that are counting on life-saving blood donors.” The process takes about an hour for a standard donation, and she said most people actually qualify, even if they’ve traveled out of the country or had a tattoo. But only about one in ten who can donate, actually do. Anyone who can help is urged to visit the OBI website and make an appointment, or find a nearby blood drive.
  • The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. “Weesowee mahkusunash,” says teacher Siobhan Brown, using the Wampanoag phrase for “yellow shoes” as she reads to a preschool class from Sandra Boynton’s popular children’s book “Blue Hat, Green Hat.” The Mukayuhsak Weekuw — or “Children’s House ” — is an immersion school launched by the Cape Cod-based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors hosted a harvest celebration with the Pilgrims in 1621 that helped form the basis for the country’s Thanksgiving tradition. The 19 children from Wampanoag households that Brown and other teachers instruct are being taught exclusively in Wopanaotooaok, a language that had not been spoken for at least a century until the tribe started an effort to reclaim it more than two decades ago. The language brought to the English lexicon words like pumpkin (spelled pohpukun in Wopanaotooaok), moccasin (mahkus), skunk (sukok), powwow (pawaw) and Massachusetts (masachoosut), but, like hundreds of other native tongues, fell victim to the erosion of indigenous culture through centuries of colonialism.
  • A photo circulating on social media appears to show a Memphis Police Department officer . >> Watch the news report here The photo was posted on Saturday, and several viewers sent it to WHBQ. >> See the photo here Memphis police acknowledged the photo and issued the following statement: >> Read more trending news 'The officer in question has been identified, and an administrative investigation is underway. This behavior will not be tolerated, and I can assure you that corrective actions will be taken,' said Director Michael Rallings. 'This type of behavior does not represent the hardworking men and women of the Memphis Police Department.