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.
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 fact that a man is required to register does not mean that he will be drafted. No one has been drafted since 1973. No one can be drafted into the military unless ordered by Congress and the president. A draft would most likely occur only in the event of war or national emergency.
What Happens If I Don’t Register?
Young men convicted of failure to register may be fined up to $250,000, imprisoned for up to five years, or both. In addition to being subject to prosecution, failure to register may cause you to permanently forfeit eligibility for certain benefits. Not registering is a felony.
What Are The Benefits?
Registering with Selective Service can open doors for you. For example, Selective Service registration is often required for federal job training for jobs as an auto mechanic, electrician, carpenter, and many other professions. Registration is required for federal (and some state) loans, grants, and scholarships. Also, Selective Service registration is required for eligibility for U.S. citizenship and government jobs, such as a postal worker, computer technician, policeman, budget specialist, and others.
How to Register
Young men may register:
- At a U.S. Post Office where you can pick up a “mail-back” registration form; or
By mail, as many young men receive a reminder mailback card around the time they turn 18.
- At this time, the Selective Service System online registration site is temporarily unavailable for overseas registrants.
For security reasons, overseas registrants should complete the form below and mail it to the Selective Service System at the following address:
Selective Service System
Registration Information Office
P.O. Box 94739
Palatine, IL 60094-4739
Selective Service Registration Form (PDF 49 KB)
For more information about the Selective Service please contact the American Citizen Services Section of your local Embassy/Consulate.