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Austin, TX – As the Senate Armed Services Committee debates the merits of a “gender-neutral” selective service, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)—the nation’s most active youth libertarian organization—is going on the offensive, arguing against the draft’s existence in the first place. After passing House 316-113 in September, the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has moved to the Senate, where it sits in committee. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) is leading the charge to change the bill’s language, requiring that “all Americans”—not just males—register with the Selective Service System.

Unlike other right-of-center organizations that mainly reject the conscription of women on socially conservative grounds, YAL maintains a position that is unique to both the Right and the Left: Originally founded as Students for Ron Paul, YAL regards conscription as immoral, unconstitutional, and un-American. As a youth organization, YAL also feels that it is uniquely qualified to comment on the draft, which disproportionately affects young Americans. 

“The debate shouldn’t be about whether women deserve or are capable enough to be drafted,” said YAL spokeswoman Brett Cooper. “It’s an issue of principle. Including young women in the draft will only expand an immoral system that disregards freedom and bodily autonomy, and on that premise, the idea should be scorned.”

Cooper’s concerns echo those of the majority of American women. According to an Ipsos poll from August 2021, only 36 percent of American women support this expansion of the draft. YAL senior spokesperson Eric Brakey, who recently released a video on YAL’s social platforms criticizing the draft, also came out against the Senate proposal.

“The last time our federal government instituted a draft, nearly 60,000 of America’s sons were senselessly slaughtered in Vietnam,” said Brakey. “What about recent American history would lead anyone to believe we should extend to the Washington war machine an additional line of credit to the lives of America’s daughters? Gender equality is a noble goal that should be achieved by abolishing policies that authorize the enslavement of young Americans, not expanding them.”

YAL oversees more than 5,000 student activists at over 500 colleges and universities across the country. Additionally, members of YAL’s Hazlitt Coalition—the organization’s growing network of more than 170 pro-liberty legislators from nearly 40 states—have filed legislation in 14 states to protect American citizens from being sent to war without checks and balances.