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We here at PoN oppose Selective Service in the United States and consider the system to be an example of institutional misandry. Furthermore, we see the Selective Service system as a critically flawed institution that should be shut down. While this extends more generally to conscription around the world, here we’re going to talk about some issues that are particular to the case in the United States.
“Why?” others may ask, “Why do you care about something that’ll never happen to you? People haven’t been conscripted for 40 years!”
Within the United States, at least, this statement is true. It’s unlikely that we will begin forcing random men to serve in the army any time soon. While this may in some ways make Selective Service less of a problem, it certainly doesn’t make it unproblematic; at best, it just changes the reasons.
For those who don’t know, most males between 18 and 25 residing in the U.S. are required by law to register for possible military conscription under the Selective Service system. Those who do not register could be subject to fines of up to $250,000, though this is rarely enforced. More importantly, those who do not register or do not consistently inform Selective Service of any changes regarding the contact information are denied various federal programs and benefits including student loans, job training, federal employment, and even naturalization. Furthermore, numerous states apply additional penalties to those who do not register, or fail to keep their Selective Service information up to date. Perversely, those who fail to register before they turn 26 are no longer allowed to register, and as a result are often permanently barred from federal jobs and other benefits despite no longer being eligible, unless they can somehow prove that the failure was not their own fault. This can even apply to those who were neither required nor even allowed to register when they “should” have - namely, trans men.
If conscription were a real possibility, the misandry inherent in Selective Service would be far more obvious; we’re sure we don’t need to explain why a gender-biased conscription system would be sexist and wrong. Even in the current day, though, at a time when conscripting people would be political suicide, Selective Service is still a clear example of institutional discrimination against men.
Besides its direct effects, the SSS also contributes to male disposability by influencing societal attitudes; simply by existing, it strengthens the notion that men have a responsibility to put their lives on the line in order to protect people who are not men. Men today are legally required to say: “yes, the government, any time it wants to, may toss me in front of an enemy with guns. I accept that those who are seen as women have no obligation to do the same. I also accept that it’s my responsibility to ensure that the government will always have the ability to toss me in front of an enemy with guns when it wants to, and so I must constantly keep the SSS informed of any address or name changes. If I don’t, I accept that I’ll have rights stripped from me — rights that are granted to women without restriction or stipulation.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that we support a gender-egalitarian Selective Service. While a gender-egalitarian Selective Service would be an improvement in terms of gender equality, that wouldn’t make it a step forward overall. Rather, it would just mean that twice as many people would be subject to an old, obsolete, unfair program that serves to help no one. The Selective Service is an institution that costs taxpayers $24 million (not that much on the federal scale, but still hardly insignificant) whose only real modern purpose is to prevent individuals from accessing government services to which they are rightfully entitled — and to perpetuate its own existence. There’s little reason to keep it, and there’s no reason not to eliminate it. Selective Service may be a glaring example of gender inequality, but in this case the real solution is retirement rather than equalization.
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