National Press Club

Selective Service System chief to discuss registering women at Jan. 29 NPC Newsmaker

January 12, 2016 | By James Horwitz | jhdcpr@starpower.net

Selective Service System Director Lawrence G. Romo, at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Jan. 29, plans to discuss timely topics such as the prospect of women being required to register for any future draft now that they have been approved to serve in all combat roles.

This Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Club’s Zenger Room.

Like all Newsmakers events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

Romo also will talk about rules requiring undocumented male immigrants ages 18-25 to register with SSS, the agency's outreach and compliance programs, and the status of voluntary civilian SSS boards on stand-by if a draft is called for. His Newsmaker appearance is being held in conjunction with the NPC's American Legion Post 20.

President Obama appointed Romo to be the nation's 12th director of SSS following his service as manager of the Soldier and Family Assistance Program for the U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade. He also has been a long-time participant in U.S. military academy candidate screening committees. Romo is a veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

In December 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that starting in 2016 all combat jobs would open to women. That has raised speculation about making it obligatory for women as well as men to register for a possible draft.

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