NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A proposal being backed by top Army and Marine Corps officers would require women to register for the draft.
It doesn’t mean women are going to have to serve, but Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, said they supported women at least registering during testimony Tuesday at a Capitol Hill hearing.
This comes after the decision a couple of months ago to open all jobs in the military to women, including special operations units and the infantry.
They vowed though that they would not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling positions.
The Marine Corps initially was against opening all jobs to women after they tested that all male units were better able to march long distances carrying heavy loads and were able to fire their weapons more accurately after those long marches.
“As far as women being in the infantry, I’m not opposed to women being in the infantry, I am opposed to co-ed infantry in training,” State Representative Micah Van Huss said. “If women want to be in the infantry, if that’s what the federal government decides, then my opinion would be to make an all-women’s battalion.
The officials added that the military is currently meeting all of its needs but things could change in the future.
Reporter Lori Mitchell will have more on this story coming up at 5 and 6 p.m.