Selective Service

Find out if you need to register for the Selective Service and how to do it.

The Draft

A draft is the mandatory enrollment of individuals into the armed forces. Although the United States military has been an all-volunteer force since 1973, the government maintains the ability to start a draft in case of a national emergency. The Selective Service System is the agency responsible for the draft.

Who Must Register for the Draft

  • Almost all men 18-25 who are U.S. citizens or are immigrants living in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service.

  • Men in the U.S. on student, visitor, or diplomatic visas and women are not required to register. For other exemptions, see the Who Must Register chart.

How to Register

Register online or print out the form and mail it.

What Happens After You Register

Nothing happens unless there’s a crisis requiring a draft.

If there is a draft:

  • Men will be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth.

  • They'll be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness for military service.

  • They'll either be deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.

What Happens If You Don’t Register

If you are required to register and you don’t, you will not be eligible for federal student aid, federal job training, a federal job, or U.S. citizenship. You may be prosecuted and face a stiff fine and/or jail time.

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Last Updated: March 14, 2018