Opening combat jobs to women raises registration questions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in all combat jobs is putting new focus on an often-forgotten U.S. institution: the Selective Service.
America hasn't had a military draft since 1973, but all men still must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18.
U.S. leaders repeatedly insist that the all-volunteer force is working and the nation is not returning to the draft. But there are increasing rumblings about whether women should now be required to register if they can indeed serve in all areas of the military.