WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on recommendations of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, following a briefing from several of the commissioners:
“First, I want to commend all of the Commissioners for their serious and thoughtful work on this important matter. Often when the country is faced with difficult choices, convening a bipartisan group of experts to make recommendations can be enormously helpful. That is especially true of areas where people have deeply held convictions on both sides of the issue. That has been the case here and I know the country will benefit from the Commission’s work.
"The Commissioners have made significant recommendations about the future of national service. In the context of future great power competition or modern pandemic response, all of their proposals deserve attention and consideration.
“Opening Selective Service to women is just one of their recommendations. I look forward to examining the data and arguments the commission has compiled more closely. In the meantime, it is important that my colleagues have an opportunity to hear from the Commission directly. I believe that public hearings in the Armed Services Committee and other relevant committees are essential.”