Wicker, Hyde-Smith Work to Block Draft of Women

Miss. Senators Oppose Compelling Women to Register for the Draft

November 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., this week threw their support behind a measure to keep women from being compelled to register for the draft.

The Senators signed onto an amendment to the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove a provision from HR.4350 requiring women between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for the Selective Service System.

“I applaud the women who volunteer to serve in the military and who sacrifice every day for our country’s freedom, but to compel their service by law is wrong,” Wicker said. “I along with millions of other Americans cannot support the idea that our daughters and granddaughters would be forced to fight in our next military conflict against their will.”

“I have great admiration for the women who serve in our Armed Forces, and every opportunity to serve should be available to women. I do not, however, see any compelling reason to expand the Selective Service System,” Hyde-Smith said.

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced the amendment, which is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Roger Marshall, R-Kan.

In July, Wicker was one of five members of the Senate Armed Services Committee senators who opposed a provision expanding the draft to include women.