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Is There True Equality in the Military? Air Force Secretary Deborah James Thinks Women Should Register for the Draft

Is There True Equality in the Military? Air Force Secretary Deborah James Thinks Women Should Register for the Draft

Over the last year we have undoubtedly made huge progress for women on the military front — both figuratively and literally.

From opening all combat roles to women and allowing them to wear the iconic Navy sailor hat, to approving the burial of female World War II pilots in Arlington National Cemetery and allowing women to join the Marine Corps Infantry for the first time, the U.S. Military is closer to achieving true equality.

According to Air Force Secretary Deborah James, who took the stage at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, following the elimination of gender barriers in the armed forces, "It is [now] time for young women to register in the database."

This draft database would be helpful in James' eyes because "We need to continue to attract from the widest [talent] pools available to get great, new young people through our doors."

Now, that really would be equality.

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