Biden admin requires trans women to participate in military draft

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US policy states that transgender women who were registered as males when they were born must register for the military draft with the Selective Service, while transgender men who were recorded as female when they were born don’t have to sign up for the draft.

The unchanged policy garnered attention on Friday when the Selective Service tweeted “parents, if your son is an only son and the last male in your family to carry the family name, he is still required to register with SSS”.

The Selective Service System (SSS) site states that almost “all male US citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service”.

The site says that all biological males must sign up for the draft, which also applies to “US citizens or immigrants who are born male and have changed their gender to female”.

“Individuals who are born female and have changed their gender to male” don’t have to sign up, the site states.

The Biden administration announced its support for including all citizens in the draft last year.

At the time, the House and Senate Armed Services Committee agreed that the National Defense Authorization Act wouldn’t include a requirement for women to sign up for the draft, according to Politico internet portal.

In a 21 September 2021 statement, the Biden administration said that it “supports section 513 and the registration requirement for all citizens, which further ensures a military selective system that is fair and just”.

The Biden administration last year expressed support including women in the draft, even as the House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders struck a provision that would have done so from the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Our military has welcomed women for decades and is stronger for it,” said Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who was a first lieutenant in the US Army and saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan while on active duty from 2005-2009. “But America’s daughters should never be drafted against their will,” he added.

Last month, U.S. Army Major Jamie Lee Henry, the Army’s highest-ranking trans woman, was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly trying to leak medical information on US Military members to the Russian government.

As a doctor at Fort Bragg, Jamie Lee Henry, who identifies as a transgender woman, had a secret security clearance, and used the access to try to help Russia, according to the indictment.

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