posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 08:17 PM
Originally posted by j.r.c.b.
Imagine my surprise when my 20 YR. old opened his mail & received this letter today. It must be returned within 10 days, or "failure to register is a
federal crime punishable by fine & imprisonment." It also has his SS # typed in. He is my first born son out of 3, & I had no idea he was supposed to
register in case of a draft. I assumed they did all of these types of things in senior yr.. I found the timing to be odd. My question is, has anyone
else received this letter recently? My son has no bank account, or credit card, but he does have a drivers license(he tries to fly under the radar,
but is a good kid). Hope no one minds the forum I put this in & I did do a search, but came up empty....mods, please move this thread if
j.r.c.b. - I had no idea that registration was mandatory but on checking the
, I found the following on registering for the Selective Service
As of April 2011, the United States government has not currently authorized a draft. A draft is necessary when a crisis occurs that requires more
military troops than America's volunteer military can supply. The draft has not been active in America since 1973, however, all males living in
America must register with the Selective Service System upon turning 18. Congress must pass legislation authorizing a draft which the President must
then sign. In a draft, men aged 18 - 25 are selected by lottery for a 24-month service period in the military.
I also found this
, which should provide some relief with
the exception of the penalties for not registering. I would strongly recommend that he complete and submit the form and we'll all hope that nothing
ever comes of it.
In the United States, most men between 18 and 25 years old are required to register with the Selective Service, more casually referred to as "the
draft." However, a man registered with the Selective Service won't automatically be inducted into the military
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.
That is a very scary form to receive, but it appears that it is standard and mandatory. I know that in my state, you are pulled for jury duty from
voter registration records so it's not just driver's licenses that the government uses to track inidviduals.
As I said before, we will all hope and pray that nothing comes of this but being that the monetary penalties for non-compliance would not become
applicable until one's 26th birthday, I wouldn't read too much into this too much if I were you. If something imminent was on the horizon, I'm sure
that the laws would be revised to impose penalties much sooner.
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