Mayday for GI Janes!

A Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Selective Service System acting Director Lewis Brodsky, in a February 2003 proposal to Pentagon officials, recommended that the draft "be re-engineered toward maintaining a national inventory of American men and, for the first time, women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills." The agency's public and congressional affairs director noted that they "would have 'to market the concept' of a female draft to Congress." After the document release, a Selective Service spokesperson called the proposal mere "food for thought." But the agency did admit that it "has begun designing procedures for a targeted registration and draft of people with computer and language skills."