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H.R. 5392 (117th): To amend the Military Selective Service Act to allow women to elect to register for the draft.

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Under this bill, next season’s WNBA players would no longer be the only women declaring for a draft.


Since 1980, all American men have been required to register with the Selective Service System for a potential military draft.

Men must register within 30 days of turning 18, or else they can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $250,000. Their name remains in the system to be called up for a potential draft up through age 25.

Women have been voluntarily joining for the military for a long time, but that’s different than registering for the actual draft. For decades, the stated reason women were actively prohibited from registering for the draft was that they were barred from serving in combat roles.

However, …

Sponsor and status

Clarence “Burgess” Owens

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Sep 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 28, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


11 Cosponsors (11 Republicans)



Sep 28, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5392 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5392. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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