A look at the Selective Service System

By law, almost all men are required to register for the Selective Service System. 

The Selective Service System is a system by which people get drafted by random selection for war if necessary

But why should men be required to sign up, and what about disabled men? If there are people who are physically incapable of serving, they are still required to sign up, according to Selective Service System.gov 

The only exemptions from signing up for the Selective Service System are, as quoted from sss.gov, “A man is placed in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care facility, or mental institution on or before his 18th birthday, had no breaks of institutionalization of 30 days or longer, and remained institutionalized until his 26th birthday.”

Why not allow certain disabled people to sign up for basic training when they’re required to sign up for the Selective Service System? 

There are people who may be physically incapable of doing some of the things that basic training requires, but that opens up an opportunity to modify basic training to make it available to those people.

The registration isn’t required for women or transgender men, but it should be. There are plenty of women and transgender people who are extremely capable of serving, so there is no good reason as to why they shouldn’t be required to sign up. 

This is why draft registrations should only be optional for the general public, and not some big rule that’s nearly unavoidable. How would people feel motivated to fight for their country if they’re being forced to fight against their will? 

I wouldn’t feel very good if I knew that most of the people who were drafted probably didn’t even want to be there in the first place.