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Democrats and some Republicans celebrated a "historic" bill requiring the inclusion of women in the U.S. military draft.

All women over 18 are now required to register for the military draft.

The bill was approved in a 35-24 vote by House and Senate committees as part of the bill funding the military on Sept 1.

Previously, only males ages 18-25 were required to register for the Selective Service System, but House and Senate committees have approved the bill expanding the draft to women.

The bill didn't sit well with Republicans, including Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas), who went on a rant on Twitter.com, telling both parties to "go straight to hell."

"I do not trust you to do anything at all, much less say you will draft my daughter to 'non combat' roles," he tweeted.

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Former Army Ranger Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) insisted, "America's daughters should not be drafted against their will."

And Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said:

"I feel confident that in an emergency that the women of this country would step up and volunteer as needed... We don't need to draft women to have equality in this nation."

On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units.

Currently, about 17 percent of enlisted service members are women.

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More than 800,000 U.S. military service members are refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccination mandate, according to Pentagon data.

The Pentagon has ordered all active duty military to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
 
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The order came down after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer BioNTech's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23.

More than 800,000 active duty service members (out of 1.4 million) face court martial if they don't roll up their sleeves.

Of the active duty forces, 68 percent are fully vaccinated and 76 percent have received at least one dose.

The Army has the lowest vaccination rate: 40% are fully vaccinated and 57% have at least one dose. The Navy has the highest vaccination rate (73% and 79%).

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered commanders to impose timelines for the stragglers to get their shots.

"To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force," Austin said in a memo.

"After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease... is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people."

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said service members who refuse vaccinations can apply for religious or medical exemptions. But if those are denied, they can sit down with a military physician and their commanders to discuss the "risks" involved if they continue to refuse.

Kirby said the vaccine mandate is a "lawful order", and the soldiers face court martial if they refuse.

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Rapper Desiigner called the Covid-19 pandemic as "fake" in a controversial rant on Instagram on Monday.

The 23-year-old rapper took to social media to share his thoughts about the virus, telling followers: "Yo, no funny. Corona is fake, gone, bro [sic]. No funny s**t. Enjoy life. No cap [no lie]. We ain't even on that type of vibe. Corona s**t, man. Honestly, that corona s**t is BS. You feel me?"

Desiigner added that he's convinced the pandemic is just a hoax because he has yet to fall ill with the virus himself, despite not wearing a face mask.

"I ain't get sick yet. I been outside, healthy," he said.

Desiigner isn't the only one voicing skepticism about the pandemic. Social media users shared their concerns about President Trump mobilizing the U.S. military to help distribute the vaccines when the injections become available.

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Despite his comments, Desiigner - real name Sidney Selby - teamed up with Anaheim business Mouth Masker to create his own mask earlier in the pandemic.

He is also donating some of the proceeds from his new single "Survivor" to a Coronavirus relief fund that benefits healthcare workers and displaced families.

Explaining why he felt obliged to do something to give back during an interview with Revolt last month, the "Panda" rapper said: "It's a lot of people on that frontline risking their life every day. A whole bunch of situations going on, we want to make sure everyone's protected.

"For the people who are really out there in the urgent care room, workers on the frontline putting down the work, it's only right to help them out through this time."

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Police in North Carolina are warning men to be aware of their surroundings when they go out drinking late at night.

Wilmington police say 11 men, including military servicemen, have been attacked or sexually assaulted after leaving area bars at night, the Newsobserver.com reports.

The men, including seven members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps., were attacked in downtown Wilmington around the time bars closed for the night.

"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials said Wednesday on Facebook.

The attacks and sexual assaults date back to January 2018, police say.

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Officials discovered a link between the assaults when the attacks began escalating a few weeks ago. The men were attacked then robbed before being sexually assaulted.

Police have stepped up patrols in areas around bars and nightclubs in downtown Wilmington.

Officials caution men who drink in public establishments to please exercise caution, travel in groups, and don't leave drinks unmonitored. Don't drink and drive and never leave a bar with a stranger.

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A new study published in the JAMA shows that people who suffer from gender identity disorders are overrepresented in the military by 2-1 when compared to the civilian population.

Gender dysphoria is a mental condition in which the sufferer believes they were born in the wrong body.

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