Teen girl suing so she can be drafted into the military

Elizabeth Kyle-Labell (screenshot from Fox10 video)

On January 1st, the Secretary of Defense opened all combat jobs across the military to women and some are arguing that changes to the Selective Service should follow.

One young girl is standing firmly behind this belief, becoming the face of class action lawsuit to make women have to register for selective service.

Elizabeth Kyle-Label is described by Fox 10 as a typical teenager who went to homecoming dance and played softball.

Elizabeth Kyle-Labell (screenshot from Fox10 video)
Elizabeth Kyle-Labell (screenshot from Fox10 video)

It’s great they actually said that women should be required to register for the draft because that’s a big deal, they’re military generals,” said Kyle-Labell when referring to statements made by military leaders.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told senators, “It’s my personal view in light of integration that every American physically qualified should register for the draft,” during a Capitol Hill hearing.

Elizabeth started her soon to be widely publicized lawsuit after she was rejected from registering for selective service twice.

The Selective Service System is well aware the public debate to remove the exemption for women.

A statement on the front page of their website reads: “While there has been talk recently about women in combat, there has been NO decision to require females to register with Selective Service, or be subject to a future military draft. Selective Service continues to register only men, ages 18 through 25.”

Elizabeth may be the face of the most recent lawsuit but this is not the first time the exemption for women has been challenged in court.  In 1981 the US Supreme Court ruled the gender distinction was not a violation of the equal protection component of the due process clause after several attorneys, including Robert L. Goldberg, subsequently challenged it as unconstitutional.

Justice William Rehnquist wrote “the existence of the combat restrictions clearly indicates the basis for Congress’ decision to exempt women from registration. The purpose of registration was to prepare for a draft of combat troops. Since women are excluded from combat, Congress concluded that they would not be needed in the event of a draft, and therefore decided not to register them.”

Now that these combat restrictions have been lifted by the Secretary of Defense, the 6-to-3 decision made by the Supreme Court during Rostker v. Goldberg can be challenged.

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