White House Announces Support for Requiring Women to Register for Military Draft

The Pentagon also supports the president's position.

— -- The Obama administration announced on Thursday its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.

"The act of draft registration has long served as a powerful reminder to our nation's youth that public service is a valued part of American citizenship. And as old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports -- as a logical next step -- women registering for the Selective Service," Price said in a statement.

The pronouncement from the White House comes after the administration last year took another step toward equalizing gender roles by opening up the opportunity for women to serve in combat roles that were previously reserved for men only.

The pronouncement from the Obama administration, while symbolic, is little more than a statement of support.