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Can Women Be Drafted? Selective Service Question Is Revived

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The Pentagon's decision to allow women to join combat units is expected to reopen a legal debate the Supreme Court settled in 1981: Should women have to register with the government so it knows where to find them in the event of a new draft? Pentagon officials appear to have given little thought to the issue before they announced with great pomp that the military was ready to embrace female warriors in pretty much all corners of the military. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday during a news conference that he doesn't know who 'controls Selective Service, if you want to know the truth. Whoever does, they're going to have to exercise some judgment based on what we just did.'

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