Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?

Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?

The Selective Service System wants you to know that the requirement to register for the draft did not go away with the end of the Vietnam War. Under the law, virtually all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

While there is no draft currently in effect, men who are not classified as unfit for military service, disabled men, clergymen, and men who believe themselves to be conscientiously opposed to war must also register.

Penalties for Failure to Register for the Draft

Men who do not register could be prosecuted and, if convicted, fined up to $250,000 and/or serve up to five years in prison. ? ? In addition, men who fail to register with Selective Service before turning age 26, even if not prosecuted, will become ineligible for:

  • – including Pell Grants, College Work Study, Guaranteed Student/Plus Loans, and National Direct Student Loans. – if the man first arrived in the U.S. before his 26th birthday.
  • Federal Job Training – The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) offers programs that can train young men for jobs in auto mechanics and other skills. This program is only open to those men who register with Selective Service. Continue reading