Release on or after May 17, 2000
Service Releases First-Ever State-By-State Compliance Report
Announces Partnerships with Education Community
To Inform Young Men of Responsibilities, Opportunities
D.C. (May 17, 2000) The Selective
Service System today released its first-ever state-by-state
analysis of registration compliance data, and announced a
series of partnership efforts with the U.S. Department of
Education and key education organizations to bolster on-time
registration. On average, the rankings show that nearly one
out of five young men in the United States turning age 20
this year will fail to register, putting themselves at risk
of losing out on important Federal opportunities linked to
Hampshire ranked highest among the states with 95 percent
of eligible men registered by the time they turn 20, while
Hawaii was the lowest with 73 percent of young men born in
1980 registering before or during 1999. (A listing of compliance
rates for each state is attached)
law requires that virtually all young men living in the U.S.
register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th
birthday. Late registrations are accepted through age 25,
and many men register late. The names are gathered by the
civilian-controlled agency in the event of a national crisis
that would require a military draft. A prime concern of the
agency is ensuring that any such call-up would be "fair
and equitable." Over the past three decades, many reforms
have been instituted to ensure fairness, and nationwide some
11,000 volunteers in virtually every community in America
have been trained in the procedures necessary to conduct a
fair process. In addition, "equity" requires the
highest compliance rate possible.
reinforce the requirement, Congress has made Selective Service
registration a requirement for obtaining a number of federal
benefits, including student loans, job training, government
jobs, and citizenship for male immigrants. Under Federal law,
young men who do not register by the time they are 26 may
never receive these benefits. Additionally, although rarely
prosecuted, failure to register is a felony punishable by
up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Many
states and localities also link additional opportunities
such as student financial aid and state or municipal employment
to Selective Service registration.
American people, through their elected representatives, have
made it clear that they believe Selective Service plays a
vital role in ensuring that our country is prepared for a
national emergency," said Selective Service Director
Gil Coronado. "Therefore, many benefits benefits
that are important to every mans future have
been linked to Selective Service registration. Our goal as
an agency is to both ensure that we have registered every
eligible man, and to ensure that we have done all we can to
inform young men of the opportunities they are forgoing if
they fail to register."
said that it is in this spirit the agency is reaching out
to the U.S. education community to help raise awareness of
the registration requirement and to support the agencys
new initiative, Selective Service Week a series of
school- and community-based awareness activities to be launched
in the fall.
research has consistently shown that the biggest barrier to
young mens compliance is a simple lack of awareness,"
Coronado said. "It is tragic to see young men potentially
missing out on future opportunities because they just do not
know that they are required to register. But even more tragic
is that our experience shows the young men most likely to
miss the message are those from poor and underrepresented
populations the very men who stand the most to gain
from these opportunities."
agency is forbidden by Federal law to purchase advertising,
and so relies on a number of strategies to build awareness,
including public service announcements, direct mail and direct
outreach. "On the whole, were very proud of our
record considering the enormous challenge we face of reaching
the more than 5,000 young men in this country who turn 18
every day," Coronado said. "However, we are fully
committed to doing more."
announcing his agencys support for the outreach effort,
U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley commented, "Throughout
the history of our nation, our schoolhouses have been more
than just places where children learn their Three Rs.
They are places where young people learn both their rights
and their responsibilities as citizens of a free society."
addition to Riley, expressing support for school based outreach
efforts were Mickey Ibarra, White House Assistant to the President
and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and education associations
and organizations, including representatives from the American
School Counselor Association, the Center for Civic Education,
the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission
Officers, the National Association of Secondary School Principals,
and the National Association of State Boards of Education.
partners that we have gathered here today represent the beginning
of what we intend to be a growing outreach effort over the
next several years," Coronado said, "and the numbers
we have released will serve as a baseline to measure our effectiveness.
With the support of these partners, with our plans to increase
our outreach into other communities, and with continuing efforts
on the state, local and national levels, we will ensure that
all young men are aware of their responsibilities and benefit
from all of the opportunities due them."
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SERVICE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MEN
JOBS: A man must be registered to be eligible for jobs
in the Executive Branch of the Federal government and the
U.S. Postal Service. This applies only to men born after December
FINANCIAL AID: Men who aren't registered with Selective
Service can not qualify for Federal student loans or grant
programs. This includes Pell Grants, College Work Study, Guaranteed
Student/Plus Loans, and National Direct Student Loans.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
makes registration with Selective Service a condition for
U.S. citizenship if the immigrant man first arrived in the
U.S. before his 26th birthday.
JOB TRAINING: The Workforce Investment Act, also
known as the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), offers programs
that can train young men for jobs. This program is only open
to those men who register with Selective Service.
STATE JOBS, STUDENT LOANS AND TRAINING
Some states have linked these benefits to Selective Service
SELECTIVE SERVICE COMPLIANCE BY STATE - REPORT CARD GRADE
of Columbia 84
Rico 75 percent
Islands 71 percent