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The least of their worries/intro.

It’s probably the least of their worries, but many formerly incarcerated young men are still required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, like every other young man in the United States. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be doing a series of posts on how this requirement affects young men. Until then, you can learn more at

Fact: Many formerly incarcerated young men still have to register with @sss_gov. Learn more at

Must register within 30 days of being released, or before they turn 26.

If you work with young men who have been incarcerated, there are three numbers you need to know to understand how the U.S. Selective Service System affects formerly incarcerated men. Click Here

Three numbers you need to know when it comes to @SSS_gov & young men: Click Here

Men must register with Selective Service in order to qualify for many jobs and college loans.

It can be incredibly hard for incarcerated men to find a job once they’re released. To help young men get a fresh start, we must let them know they have to register with Selective Service before their 26th birthday to stay eligible for many good jobs and college loans. Learn more at

Fact: Even formerly incarcerated young men must register w/ @sss_gov to qualify for many gov jobs and college loans.

Status letter.

Men who are incarcerated between the ages of 18 and 26 WITHOUT a break of 30 days or more are NOT required to register. To facilitate the process of applying for job training programs, government jobs, or student loans, they should request a STATUS LETTER from the agency upon release. Learn more:

Not required to register? Get a STATUS LETTER upon release. Visit

Not the military.

One important thing to know about Selective Service: It’s a civilian government agency. Following the law and registering with Selective Service does NOT mean you’re joining the military. Help make sure that formerly incarcerated young men know all the facts about something that can have a big effect on their future.

Help make sure incarcerated young men know all the facts about @sss_gov registration & how it affects their future.

Share toolkit.

Many formerly incarcerated young men don’t realize that failing to register for Selective Service can affect their lives negatively. It can permanently block their access to jobs, college financial aid, and job training programs. That’s why Selective Service built a toolkit to help the justice community talk about why it’s important for young men to register. Check it out here.

Work in juvenile justice? A new toolkit from @sss_gov shares why it matters for young men to register. Click Here.

Men must register with Selective Service in order to qualify for job training programs.

Getting into a job training program can make a huge difference in helping formerly incarcerated young men move on in their lives. But if young men don’t register with Selective Service, they lose their eligibility for all federally funded job training programs. Don’t let that happen. Spread the word that registering with Selective Service keeps doors open.

Don’t let formerly incarcerated men miss out on federally funded job training. Remind them to register w/ @sss_gov.  

Where to find more information and answers to questions.

Recently we’ve been sharing facts about how the U.S. Selective Service registration requirement affects incarcerated men. If you’re interested in learning more about what your organization can do to help spread the word, you can call Selective Service at (703) 605-4105. If a young man has a question about his registration, tell him to call 847-688-6888 or 888-655-1825, and check out Selective Service’s frequently asked questions page. You can’t have too much information about a decision that affects your future.


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