Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military. It 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.
Young men convicted of failing to register with the Selective Service 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.
Registering with Selective Service can open doors for you. For example, Selective Service registration is often required for federal job training. 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:
- Online at www.sss.gov,
At a U.S. Post Office where they can pick up a "mail-back" registration form, or
At the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy.