Selective Service Registration

Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.  It’s important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military.  In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth.  Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.

A man who fails to register may, if prosecuted and convicted, face a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years.  Even if not prosecuted, those who fail to register may be denied student financial assistance, federal job training, and most federal employment unless they can provide convincing evidence to the agency providing the benefit that their failure to register was not knowing and willful.

In order to register with the Selective Service and obtain more details about the process, please visit its website.