Selective Service System

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The Selective Service System is an independent agency of the United States government. It has information on those subject to the U.S. military draft. All male U.S. citizens and male immigrant non-citizens between ages 18 and 25 are required by law to register within 30 days of their 18th birthdays.[1] They must also contact the Selective Service within ten days of any changes of any information they gave, like a change of address.[2] Females, on the other hand, are not required to register.[3]

Registration with Selective Service is also required for several federal programs and benefits, including job training, federal employment, naturalization, Pell grants and student loans.

On July 2, 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter signed Proclamation 4771 (Registration under the Military Selective Service Act).[4] That was in response to the Soviet war in Afghanistan the previous year.[5] It re-established the Selective Service registration requirement for all 18-to-26 year old men born on or after January 1, 1960.

The first registrations began on July 21, 1980 at various post offices across the United States, starting with men born in 1960. Men born in or after 1963 were required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

On April 27, 2016, the Armed House Services Committee voted to add an amendment to extend the authority for draft registration to females.[6] If the bill had passed, it would have authorized then-President Barack Obama to order young women as well as men to register with the Selective System.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Why Register". Selective Service System. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. "Change of Address". Selective Service System. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. "Women and the Draft". SSS. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. "Proclamations". Federal Register. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. "Background of Selective Service". Web Archive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. "The National Defense Authorization Act 2017". Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  7. "House Committee Votes to Extend Draft Registration to Women". The Practical Nomad. Retrieved January 30, 2019.