Release on December 12, 2011
Selective Service Article
"Unlocking the Door"
For More Information:
A compelling article about
the importance of Hispanic registration compliance and Latino
Board Membership with the Selective Service System was
authored by Albert Gonzales, National Commander for the GI
It appeared in the December
2011, Latino Magazine. Its publisher, Mr. Alfredo
Estrada, (512) 483-1898 has authorized the article to be used
by other outlets.
Federal law requires virtually
all men living in the U.S. to register with Selective Service
within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Those who fail to
register are ineligible for Federal student financial aid, job
training, government employment, and U.S. citizenship for male
Currently, 43 states,
including three territories and the District of Columbia have
enacted what is often called "Solomon-like" or "Thurmond-like"
legislation linking a man's eligibility for state-funded
higher education benefits or state jobs to the federal
registration requirement. Additionally, many have passed laws
linking a man's application for a driver's license or I.D.
card with Selective Service registration.
At the heart of the Selective
Service System’s mission to maintain an alternative service
program for men classified as conscientious objectors are
11,000 citizen volunteers, who make up Selective Service Local
Their mission, in the event
the nation returns to a military draft, would be to review and
decide in a fair and equitable manner, which registrants will
receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military
service. The Local Boards should reflect the demographics of
the constituents that would be served.
Gonzales is the National Commander of the American GI Forum (AGIF),
a Congressionally chartered veterans and civil rights
Gonzales was appointed to the Selective Service National
Appeals Board by President Obama on October 18, 2011.
is a retired employee of Quest Communications, where he worked
as a facility technician and manager from 1972 to 2004. From
1975 to 1979, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Air
Traffic Controller. Mr. Gonzales currently serves on the
Board of Directors for the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility. He attended Eastern New Mexico University and
the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
Link: The Article Can Be Found
Pat Schuback: (703) 605-4105.