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Selective Service / Military Registration

Agency Mission

The mission of the Selective Service System is:

  • to provide manpower to the armed forces in an emergency; and
  • to run an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors during a draft.

Selective Service would provide manpower to the military by conducting a draft using a list of young men's names gathered through the Selective Service registration process. Virtually all men - ages 18 through 25 - must register. Only if there is high compliance with this law, will a future draft be fair and equitable. The obligation of a man to register is imposed by the Military Selective Service Act (PDF - 103kb), which establishes and governs the operations of the Selective Service System.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid Social Security Number is required for online registration.

Go to https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx to register. Contact the Federal Benefits to request a Social Security Number.

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