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MILLIONTH MAN TO REGISTER GETS CONGRESSIONAL WELCOME

Washington, July 11, 2001 Almost exactly one month from the minute David Edmond Lucitt of Haymarket, Va., used his home computer to register on-line with the Selective Service System (SSS), he was standing in front of the U.S. Capitol being honored by members of the Congress. On June 11, 2001, the 18-year-old home-schooled Eagle Scout candidate became the millionth man to register with SSS via the Internet. The Agency had inaugurated the online registration program in December 1998, and the number of men choosing to register by computer has grown steadily since, with more than 52,000 men registering by that method in June. Lucitt seemed nearly overwhelmed by the attention he was receiving, simply for doing what every man has to do when he reaches age 18.

Hosted by Selective Service Director Alfred Rascon, Lucitt had a morning meeting at the Pentagon with General Henry Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the afternoon at the U.S. Capitol, Lucitt was honored by Virginia Sen. John Warner and Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf. He received a commemorative plaque from Director Rascon, and signed a large version of his Registration Acknowledgment Card, measuring 2 X 5 feet. This "world's largest Registration Acknowledgment Card is ordinarily a wallet-sized "proof of registration" card that each new registered man receives in the mail.

Lucitt plans to attend college in Fall 2002. Like thousands of young men every day, Lucitt simply logged onto the Selective Service web site at www.sss.gov, keyed in some basic information, and instantly received his Selective Service registration number. Men can also register at any local post office by completing a registration card, or they may fill out and return a card they may get in the mail. Currently, Internet registration is the easiest and fastest method for young men to register. In addition to the Internet registrations, almost 30,000 other registrations arrive at the Selective Service Data Management Center in Illinois every week.

Federal law requires virtually all men to register with Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18. All U.S. male citizens, no matter where they reside, as well as male non-citizens residing in the U.S., are required to register. Although late registrations are accepted, a man cannot register once he reaches age 26. Moreover, Selective Service registration is linked to many benefits such as eligibility for federal student loans and grants, training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), federal jobs in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, and jobs with the U.S. Postal Service. More than half of the states have enacted legislation that links benefits such as state tuition assistance and eligibility for state jobs to registration. Also, 11 states have enacted legislation connecting Selective Service registration with a man's application for a driver's license. Additionally, male immigrants who are in the U.S. when they are 18 through 25 years old may be denied U.S. citizenship if they fail to register.

Millions of young men have registered since registration was reinstituted in 1980, but none has been drafted. By having the names and addresses of men 18 through 25 years old on file with the SSS, America remains ready to face any threat. The SSS estimates that currently 88 percent are registered. The last draft ended in 1973.

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David Lucitt presented with his "large Version" of  his Registration Acknowledgment Card on Capitol Hill

 

Senator John Warner of Virginia, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, SSS Director Rascon present David Lucitt with a commemorative plaque

 

Last Updated August 25, 2009
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