Transition to Adulthood



Selective Service Registration

Selective Service Registration

Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens (non-citizens) living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. Even though registered, one is not automatically inducted into the military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.

Males 18 to 25 with disabilities who live at home must register with Selective Service if they can reasonably leave their homes and move about independently. A friend or relative may help complete the registration form.

Even if the individual has a disability that would disqualify him from military service, he still must register. The Selective Service does not presently have authority to classify males with disabilities, so even men with obvious disabilities must register, and if needed, classifications would be determined later.