HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRAR PROGRAM
the inception of the High School Registrar Program in 1981,
thousands of volunteers have been appointed as Selective Service
High School Registrars. They provide an important civic service,
ensuring that students are in compliance with the Military
Selective Service Act which requires young men to register
within 30 days of their 18th birthday. They provide a convenient
alternative to registering at the post office, and they can
assist men in registering on-line using school computers to
connect to http://www.sss.gov.
Anyone wishing to serve as a high school registrar can complete
the online application.
than 85 percent of the Nations 21,000 public, private,
and vocational high schools have Selective Service Registrars
appointed at their school. Participation is easy and requires
little time and effort. Schools simply nominate a counselor,
teacher or other staff member to be appointed as an Uncompensated
Selective Service Registrar. Registrars are then given
registration forms, display posters and other informative
literature. They may also incorporate Selective Service education
into the schools curriculum or make registration reminder
announcements on the public address system.
young men about the registration requirement is essential.
If a man fails to register, he is in violation of Federal
law and subject to a $250,000 maximum fine, a prison term
of up to five years, or a combination of both. Additionally,
a young man who fails to register is ineligible for many opportunities.
He must register to be eligible for Federal student loans
and grants, most Federal employment, including the U.S. Postal
Service, job training under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA),
some state employment, and U.S. citizenship (for male non-citizens
applying for citizenship).
ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGISTRATION?
importance of Selective Service registration became even more
crucial with the passage of legislation linking registration
with many Federal and state benefits. These laws make young
men who fail to register with Selective Service ineligible
for opportunities that may be important for their future.
Solomon Amendment, passed in 1982, is Section 12(f) to the
Military Selective Service Act which requires Selective Service
registration for male students as a pre-condition for eligibility
for Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid. The categories
of financial aid which require registration before eligibility
Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
--Direct Stafford Loans/Plus Loans
--National Direct Student Loans
--College Work Study
for Federal financial aid must sign a statement of compliance
saying they are registered or that they are exempt from registering
with Selective Service. The Department of Education provides
the Selective Service with a list of all those applying for,
or who have received, Pell Grants. The names are then checked
against a list of those who have registered.
Thurmond Amendment, passed in 1985, (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires
Selective Service registration for appointment to Federal
jobs in the Executive Branch. The effect of this Federal legislation
is two-fold. It increases public awareness of the registration
requirement and ensures that recipients of taxpayers
funds are in compliance with the law.
men must be registered with Selective Service before they
are eligible for most jobs within the Federal government,
including the postal service. Not only does the registration
requirement apply to permanent employment, but also to summer
and temporary employment with the Federal government.
for training under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA, formerly
the Job Training Partnership Act) depends on whether a man
has registered with Selective Service. The WIA establishes
programs with the Federal and state governments and the private
sector which help to prepare young people and unskilled adults
for the job market through specific job training.
most cases, registration with Selective Service is a condition
for male immigrant non-citizens to obtain U.S. citizenship
if the young man arrived and took up residence in the United
States more than 30 days prior to his 26th birthday. More
information is available at:
Must Register - Chart
& LOCAL EMPLOYMENT
states, local government agencies, police departments and
state bar examiners now require applicants to be registered
with Selective Service.
Service invites your school to participate in this important
program. Your school has received the High School Kit with
additional information on the High School Registrar Program.
If you have questions about this program, you may call the
Selective Service Registration Division at (703) 605-4078.
WAYS TO REGISTER
who have access to the INTERNET may register at our Web site:
Young men may also register on the registration reminder postcard
they may receive in the mail.