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How do I know if I am registered with Selective Service?

Asked by girlofscience (7527points) October 14th, 2008

I am currently filling out an application for a science research grant from the Department of Defense. In the online application, it asks me the following question:

Are you registered with Selective Service?
- Yes
- No
- I am not required to register

As far as I know, any of the above could be the answer! I just have no idea, nor do I know how the average person would know this.

I am a 22-year-old female US citizen who was born in the United States. I have never had any sort of affiliation with the military.

Am I automatically registered, as a citizen?
Am I not registered, if I never did register?
Am I not required to register?


Please help!

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15 Answers

jlm11f's avatar

Only men are required to register.

As for your Qs – No you aren’t automatically registered as a citizen, and yes if you didn’t register you aren’t registered.

Soo…I think given the information you provided, it’s safe to say that you aren’t registered.

EmpressPixie's avatar

PnL’s got it. As a lady, you are not required to register for the draft which would totally never happen again because we remember how awful it was during ‘nam. But, you know, we have the Selective Service ready to go. Just in case we do need to draft. Which we would totally never do. But just in case.

galileogirl's avatar

Empresspixie is right except it’s true even if you are not a lady.

girlofscience's avatar

Thanks, guys!

So we can be certain that I should check the box, “I am not required to register.”

You know, they could have made this easier by having the form check that automatically when I clicked “female”...

jlm11f's avatar

Yeah but some girls do sign up. They aren’t required to, but they do it anyway. And if the person is registered, they need your Selective Service registration # irrespective of your sex.

smullane's avatar

yup only males at the age of 18 are required by law to register for SS

The draft could come back It was being debated last year and earlier this year as well

Lightlyseared's avatar

Have a look a their website

dalepetrie's avatar

galileogirl is right about EmpressPixie being right about PnL being right…

sorry, kinda an homage to Blazing Saddles, I guess

As I recall, if you are a male citizen of the US, when you are within spitting distance of your 18th birthday, you are required by law to go to the post office and sign your name to register for selective service. If you do it, you are registered for the draft if they ever bring it back. If you do not, they probably won’t come to arrest you, but they will bar you from federal employment.

As for the bringing back the draft, I doubt it will happen with something like Iraq, they can just use the back door draft (they call it a stop loss, but same difference).

smullane's avatar

yeah I have a couple buddies that have been stop loss

Or there is the IRR when you have finished your active duty time on your army contract

GAMBIT's avatar

I registered on my 18th birthday at the post office.

towens0808's avatar

Only males 18 or older are required to register for selective service. Females are exempt from selective service.

yesitsgary1's avatar

Here is the site to check if you registered:

catfish56's avatar

I joined the army in 2002, got out in 2006, and I don’t know if I am registered for the selective service I clicked on the link above and it says cannot let me in

Miah's avatar

I came USA 1991, I don’t registrat tha selective service, if i want to registrat now, can i do it?

Moegitto's avatar

By law, your not REQUIRED to sign up for selective service, but as a male, if your not registered you can’t take advantage of government benefits. Stuff, like loans, school grants, and the likes are illegal for non-registered people. If your a male 18 and over and unregistered, if you don apply for a grant or loan and get approved, then use the money, your going to jail no ifs, ands, or buts!

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