No one should be required to register for the military draft and to participate in systems of war. However, this year, the Senate is working to expand the draft system to women.
Tell your legislators: It's time to end—not expand—the Selective Service System!
1. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your senators
2. Share the script below:
Hello! My name is ______ and I’m a constituent from _____. I’m calling to ask the Senator to support S. 1139 which would end the Selective Service registration requirement, and to reject any attempts to expand this unjust system in this year’s defense bill.
Most men in the U.S. are required to register for the draft, and face many extrajudicial financial, career, and immigration penalties if they don’t, despite the many reasons why someone might oppose participating in preparation for war. Few young men voluntarily comply with the requirement to register and even fewer inform the Selective Service System each time they move. A former director of the Selective Service System even testified that the registration list would be “less than useless” for an actual draft.
Despite these problems, the Senate is attempting to expand this system to women. However, I don’t think this is the best way to achieve equality. Instead of expanding a burdensome system to women, we should end the Selective Service registration requirement for everyone.
Please tell the Senator to oppose efforts to expand the Selective Service in this year’s defense bill, and to instead cosponsor S. 1139 to end compulsory draft registration for both men and women.