Selective Service Registration

Selective Service Registration is the process by which the U.S. government collects names and addresses of men age 18 through 25 to use in case a national emergency requires rapid expansion of the Armed Forces. It is a civic and legal responsibility.

With few exceptions, all male U.S. citizens living in the US or overseas, and all male aliens residing in the U.S. and its territories, must register between their 18th and 26th birthdays.

Registering with the Selective Service does not mean you are volunteering to join the military.  No one has been drafted since 1973.  No one can be ordered for induction by Selective Service unless ordered by Congress and the President.

Men who have registered remain eligible for federal student aid, most federal jobs, and federal job training. Male non-citizens living in the U.S. who are 18 through 25 must register to remain eligible for citizenship.

U.S. embassies and consulates assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad.  Overseas registrants are encouraged to register with the Selective Service website On-Line Registration.  Where on-line registration is not available, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate can be of assistance.  Current brochures and guidance are also available on the Selective Service website.