In A Draft, Male Means Biological Male, No Matter What Pronoun You Use

This article may sound a lot like an episode of MASH that focused on the character of Klinger. Those who would like to dodge the draft cannot simply pretend to identify as a woman. The rule is that biological men that choose to identify as women are still required to register with the Selective Service System.

“Almost all male US citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service,” the agency notes. “It’s important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.”

Granted, there has not been a draft in decades, but Selective Service issued a tweet last week noting that young men are still obligated to register even if they are the last male to bear their family name.

“Parents, if your son is an only son and the last male in your family to carry the family name, he is still required to register with SSS,” the tweet said.

The post got a lot of attention on social media platforms.

Jenna Ellis commented on the post by asking, “What is a male?”

Someone else wrote, “For the purpose of SSS my son will identify as a girl starting with his 18th birthday. Checkmate fascist.”

But even with such a progressive and liberal agenda in Washington, with the Selective Service, the male still means biological male. 

“Selective Service bases the registration requirement on gender assigned at birth and not on gender identity or on gender reassignment. Individuals who are born male and changed their gender to female are still required to register. Individuals who are born female and changed their gender to male are not required to register,” the agency notes.

“Until Congress amends the [Military Selective Service Act] or passes a separate law addressing transsexuals and gender identity, Selective Service must follow the intent of Congress when it required only males to register – the registration requirement is based on gender at birth,” the agency explains. “In the event of a resumption of the draft, individuals born male who have changed their gender to female can file a claim for an exemption from military service if they receive an order to report for examination or induction.”