is the law. A man who fails to register may, if prosecuted
and convicted, face a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison
term of up to five years.
if not tried, a man who fails to register with Selective Service
before turning age 26 may find that some doors are permanently
also Men over the age of eligibility to
See also What Does Selective Service Provide
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Men, born after December 31, 1959, who aren't registered
with Selective Service 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.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
makes registration with Selective Service a condition for
U.S. citizenship if the man first arrived in the U.S. before
his 26th birthday.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) offers programs that can
train young men seeking vocational employment or enhancing
This program is only open to those men who register with Selective
Service. Only men born after December 31, 1959, are required
to show proof of registration.
A man must be registered 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.
states have added additional penalties for those who fail
to register. See State Legislation.
Service wants young men to register. It does not want them
to be prosecuted or denied benefits. If a draft is ever needed,
it must be as fair as possible, and that fairness depends
on having as many eligible men as possible registered. In
the event of a draft, for every man who fails to register,
another man would be required to take his place in service
to his country.