What Is Selective Service?
Registration with the Selective Services is the process by which the U.S. government collects names and addresses of men ages 18 through 25 to use in case a national emergency requires rapid expansion of the armed forces. By registering all young men, Selective Service ensures that a future draft will be fair and equitable.
Will I Be Drafted?
Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military nor does it mean that you are signing up for the All-Voluntary armed services.
The Selective Service System and the registration requirement for America’s young men provide our Nation with a structure and a system of guidelines which will provide the most prompt, efficient, and equitable draft possible, if the country should need it. America’s leaders agree that despite the success of the All-Volunteer Force, registration with Selective Service must continue as a key component of national security strategy.
What Happens If I Don’t Register?
Failure to register with Selective Service is a violation of the Military Selective Service Act. Conviction for such a violation may result in imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000. In addition to being subject to prosecution, failure to register may cause you to permanently forfeit eligibility for certain benefits.
What Are The Benefits?
A man who fails to register with Selective Service may be ineligible for opportunities that may be important to his future. He must register to be eligible for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid in many states, most federal employment, some state employment, security clearance for contractors, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act), and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men.
How to Register
Young men may register:
- At a U.S. Post Office where you can pick up a “mail-back” registration form;
- By mail, as many young men receive a reminder mail-back card around the time they turn 18;
- Online with a U.S. Address; or
- Online with a Foreign Address
- If you are a U.S. dual citizen or U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, please use this form to complete your registration. The address you provide will be used to send your Registration Acknowledgement Letter and Selective Service number.