This piece was first published on PMJWire, the online blog for PolicyMatters Journal, the journal of the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. It was subsequently published here on December 16, 2015.
On December 3, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that all military positions, including combat occupations, are now open to women. This move follows a trend in recent years of military policy changes geared toward social equity, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the easing of administrative action against transgender troops. It didn’t take long for demands for women to be required to register for the Selective Service to follow.