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Ban lift on women in combat means change in draft law?

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Reyneisha, Raymond Fowler's daughter currently serving in Afghanistan Reyneisha, Raymond Fowler's daughter currently serving in Afghanistan
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Currently, only men ages 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System. Never has the United States drafted women into military service.

However, legal experts say the Obama administration's recent decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in the law.

In fact, lifting the ban now allows women on the front line, giving them access to thousands of jobs that until recently were unattainable. In addition, it may open the door to women being drafted into the military.

It's an issue that hits close to home for Raymond Fowler. His 22-year-old daughter Reyneisha is currently serving in Afghanistan.

"She's very dedicated to it. It's natural we don't want her over there... We keep praying for her," said Fowler.

Her brother was also nervous at first, but says he's not anymore.

"I didn't like it at all. I was like that's my sister, and she's a girl, but she says if you go into it scared then you're going to get hurt... She knows what she's getting herself into, so it's okay," said Samu'el Fowler.

The idea of drafting women to the military has never been done before, and neither the administration nor congress is in a hurry to do it.

But it could happen, and if it does, Reyneisha's family says they would support a change to the law after seeing their daughter fight for the United States.

"Women are different today than years ago. They are stronger. It's just like being a lady fireman or police officer," said Raymond.

More than 1 million troops serving on active duty are women.

As it stands now, only men must register for the draft to create a pool of potential combat troops in case of a national emergency.

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