BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Second year ROTC Cadet Stephanie Amodeo was raised in a military family. Serving her country was an honor she wanted from a young age.
“I actually joined the Army National Guard in October of 2013, did basic, then grad school ROTC,” she told News 4.
When asked about women being included in a draft, her response was automatic.
“Absolutely,” she said.
Amodeo’s path to wearing the uniform was the same as a male cadets, and so is her day-to-day training.
Earlier this month, top Army and Marine Corps generals suggested women ages 18-25 should have to register for Selective Service, or the draft, the same way men do.
Combat roles are now open to women in the military, but no decision on draft requirements has been made.
“I don’t think it’s really a gender bias issue,” said Cadet Audrey Browne.
“I think that if our nation needs to maintain combat effectiveness then you have to be qualified and we have to meet that standard,” she said.
Female ROTC cadets at Canisius College work and study alongside male cadets; they spend a few hours a week learning how to take weapons apart, put them together, and use them.
But the fact is, the military is still largely male dominated. The cadets recognize that, and told News 4 it’s not about pretending men and women are the same.
“It is something that’s noticeable, it’s something that is there,” said Cadet Giannina Callejas.
But the physical standards in place are the same, which is what’s important, they said.
“I’m part of Ranger Challenge… there was only two females apart of it,” said Cadet Tiffany Boadway.
“Even though there were only two of us we still kept up, we still did what we needed to do.”
The issue might have some GOP candidates fired up in protest, but these cadets aren’t concerned.
“I don’t really think about it all that much honestly,” Cadet Alyssa Fox told News 4.
Despite Washington’s take, she said it’s not an issue of gender equality, but of general competence.