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What is "the Draft"?
Conscription, commonly referred to as "the draft," is the compulsory enrollment of men into national military service. In the United States, active conscription ended in 1973, but the requirement to register remains legally active and enforced.
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 for the military draft. However, men who currently register are not automatically inducted into military service. Currently, the United States operates its military through volunteer enlistment. The last time men were inducted into the military was during the Vietnam War. Registration for a possible future draft is required to ensure America's preparedness in the event of a military crisis. In the event of a crisis that necessitates a draft to be invoked, men would be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. They would then be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces. You may register as soon as you reach the age of 17 years and 3 months but must register within 30 days of turning 18.
What Happens if I Fail to Register?
Failure to register is a violation of Federal Law. Conviction for such a violation may result in imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000.
You can expect to be denied a driver's license in the following states/territories:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia;f
You may become ineligible for federal benefits for life:
DISQUALIFICATION FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Men, born after December 31, 1959, who aren't registered for the draft won't qualify for Federal student loans or grant programs. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Direct Stafford Loans/Plus Loans, National Direct Student Loans, and College Work Study.
DISQUALIFICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes registration for the draft a condition for U.S. citizenship if the man first arrived in the U.S. before his 26th birthday.
DISQUALIFICATION FOR FEDERAL JOB TRAINING The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) offers programs that can train young men seeking vocational employment or enhancing their career. This program is only open to those men who register for the draft. Only men born after December 31, 1959, are required to show proof of registration.
DISQUALIFICATION FOR FEDERAL JOBS A man must be registered for the draft to be eligible for jobs in the Executive Branch of the Federal government and the U.S. Postal Service. Proof of registration is required only for men born after December 31, 1959.
How Can I Register?
You may register online by clicking here. By clicking on this link you will be redirected to the United States Government's official draft registration website upon payment of a third-party verification/automated service fee from $0.01*.You must have a Social Security Number to register online. To get a social security number, click here.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
FOR THE UNITED STATES MILITARY DRAFT
Please Note: You must have a social security number to register online. The government website is operational 7 days a week. However, it is not available when system maintenance is scheduled from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. U.S. Central Time Tuesday through Saturday and from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. If you attempt to register during these times, once you are redirected to the government website you will need to bookmark the landing page and try to register later.
How Can I Look up my Existing Registration Number and Order a Duplicate Registration Card?
Click Here to look up a man's military draft registration number using his last name, social security number and date of birth. You may then order a replacement draft registration card. $25 automated service fee*.
What should I do if I have moved?
If you're a young man, age 18 through 25, the law requires you to file an address change notification within 10 days. Click here to file a change of address notice online. $25 automated service fee*.
Living outside the USA? Click Here to change your foreign address*.