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Selective Service, The Draft, And Filing Your FAFSA

The Selective Service Act was initially put into place back in 1917. Basically, it gave the power/authority to the president to enlist males between the ages of 21 and 45 for military service. It became commonly known as “The Draft”.  Over the years, the SSA changed in how it was implemented and the age restrictions were narrowed but for now it is a rite of passage for every 18 year old male in the U.S. that is completing the FAFSA.

It may seem a little odd or out-of-place, but if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25 and you plan on going to college and want benefit of any money provided to you by means of the FAFSA, you first have to register for selective service. Also, as a cautionary word of warning for older first-time students, if you reach the age of 26 and never file for selective service, you can permanently put at risk your eligibility to receive federal student loans and/or grants.

Registering for the selective service has been streamlined to help aid young individuals perform the required process in a quicker more efficient manner. All you have to do is visit this website, fill out the 11 boxes on the form and hit the submit button. It really is that easy!

Who Must Register With Selective Service?

  • Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25
  • Some non-citizens are required to register. Others are not. Noncitizens who are not required to register with Selective Service include men who are in the U.S. on student or visitor visas, and men who are part of a diplomatic or trade mission and their families.
  • Dual nationals of the U.S. and another country
  • Disabled men who live at home must register with Selective Service if they can reasonably leave their homes and move about independently.
  • Members of the Reserve and National Guard not on full-time active duty must register.
  • Men who would be classified as Conscientious Objectors

Who Is NOT Required To Register With Selective Service?

  • Young men in hospitals, mental institutions or prisons do not have to register while they are committed (however, if they are released prior to their 26th birthday, they have to register).
  • Young men serving in the military on full-time active duty do not have to register.
  • Students attending military service academies do not have to register.
  • Lawful non-immigrants on visas
  • Persons that are continually confined to a residence, hospital, or institution
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