For more than 50 years, Selective Service has served as a backup system to provide manpower to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who must register?
Almost all male U.S. citizens and male aliens living in the U.S. who are 18 through 25 are required to register with Selective Service
What happens if I don't register?
A man who fails to register may, if prosecuted and convicted, face a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years. Even if not tried, a man who fails to register with Selective Service before turning age 26 may find that some doors are permanently closed.
Registration is required for student financial aid, citizenship (if the man arrived before age 26), federal job training and federal jobs. Some states have additional penalties for failure to register.
How do I register?
You can register online, at any post office, by mail, by checking a box on the Free Application for Student Financial Aid or with a Selective Service Registrar at many high schools. For more information, visit the Selective Service System.