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Selective Service System & Your Students

Registration for Men at 18

The Selective Service has been a distinguished part of history for over a century. Our small but extraordinary mission is to provide personnel during a time of national crisis; in short, the Selective Service is our Nation’s best insurance policy.

Our agency requires all men ages 18-25 who are U.S. citizens and those who have dual citizenship living abroad to register within 30 days of their eighteenth birthday. The benefits accompanied by registering with the Selective Service are paramount to a young man’s life, and our agency is dedicated to raising registration awareness and supporting educators to share this important Federal requirement with students

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  • Access to many student loans, grants, scholarships, and financial aid programs.
  • Millions of Federal civilian and local government jobs.
  • Free Job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • A streamlined process for citizenship.

Download Our Interactive Teacher's Guide and Lesson Plans

This guide is designed to be used as a supplementary resource for educators to teach students about the Selective Service System. Each lesson includes a 10-minute script summarizing the main points and questions for discussion, making it easy for instructors to add to new or existing lesson plans.

We have also provided a complimentary PowerPoint presentation for each lesson which can be downloaded below.

Who Needs to Register

Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. There are very few exceptions to this as Selective Service is responsible for availability and not acceptability.

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Outreach Material

Explore our latest outreach materials and resources, including downloadable brochures and posters. You can also request printed materials for your district at the link below.

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Street Poster

Street PosterDownload

Sports Poster

Sports PosterDownload

Retro Poster

Retro PosterDownload

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