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Originally posted by webpirate
Be a man. Sign it. I had to. Every single other American male over the age of 18 had to also. In addition to being ineligible for federal government jobs, federal grants, loans..etc, most states have passed laws that require registration for STATE gobs,loans...etc, etc. In addition, some states wont even give you a drivers license unless you have registered.
You don't have to agree with the federal government. You don't have to agree with your state government. But you know what? Whether you choose to believe 9/11 was carried out by the Illuminati, the Israelis, the US government, or simply by a bunch of pissed of Arabs, the fact of the matter is people DO hate America. And someone needs to protect Americans.
Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by mossme89
relax. fill it out and don't worry a bit more about it. There will not be a draft anytime in the near future. They are turning down applicants right now. The military is fat for a Democratic presidency. You will be asked in the future if you filled it out. I don't remember where, but I do remember it being asked. It's a formality. If for some very unlikely reason you were called upon, look up consciences objector.en.wikipedia.org...
enjoy your youth, real life is nowhere near as fun.
Originally posted by mossme89
I'm 17 and turning 18 in a week. Yesterday in the mail, i got a friendly letter in the mail from the Selective Service saying "it's time to register". I'm trying to decide what to do. I need to register to get Financial Aid (which we were counting on), as well as have any hope for a stable government job in the future.
I just DO NOT want to fight a war. It's not that i'm afraid of it, i just see myself and others as more than cannon fodder and would rather not fight a pointless war so the rich can stay rich. With the way the world is going, i wouldn't be surprised if the draft is reinstated within the next couple years. And i would be the perfect candidate. I'm 5'9", 135lbs and athletic (run distance in track).
What i'm hoping is that even if the draft is reinstated, i could have an exemption. I take Zoloft for anxiety and i know it's an exemption, at least for the voluntary draft.edit on 28-4-2011 by mossme89 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SerenityGained
I am shocked that anybody would be mailed a letter such as this in a free country. Vanuatu does not require it. Australia does not require it. New Zealand does not require it.
Can I ask some of the American ATS'ers - Is this normal? I'm really hoping it's not.
Exceptions to this mandatory requirement include noncitizens in the U.S on visitor or student visas, members of diplomatic or trade missions and their families, prisoners, institutionalized mental patients, hospital patients and active duty military personnel. Institutionalized mental patients, hospital patients and prisoners who have not yet turned 26 years old must register within 30 days of their release.
Failure to register before 26 years old can lead to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines (as of 2010). Even men who aren't prosecuted may find that many federal programs are no longer open to them. Federal financial-aid programs, federal job-training programs, federal jobs and U.S. citizenship all require registration with Selective Service.
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