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AFerree 10-12-2013 06:34 AM

Draft Questions
 
I recently hit my 18th birthday and have learned that I need to sign into the draft. Is it still the law of the land to sign (I have no opposition to singing it) and how will I get the papers? I know you can do so online but will I get it in the mail? Is been a while sense the 27th (the b-day) and I'm starting to get concerned.

texaswoodworker 10-12-2013 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by AFerree (Post 1399120)
I recently hit my 18th birthday and have learned that I need to sign into the draft. Is it still the law of the land to sign (I have no opposition to singing it) and how will I get the papers? I know you can do so online but will I get it in the mail? Is been a while sense the 27th (the b-day) and I'm starting to get concerned.

It's actually called selective service.

http://www.sss.gov/default.htm

You can do it online, but it looks like the system will be down until the government shutdown is over. It's part of the draft, but the chances of you actually getting drafted now are very slim. It would most likely take the US getting into an all out war for that to happen. As it is now, our military is made up of volunteers.

And yes, you are legally required to sign up for it. You must do it between the ages of 18 and 25.

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Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male immigrants living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. It's important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be 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.

MisterMcCool 10-12-2013 12:11 PM

I signed up at the post office.

Doc3402 10-12-2013 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by AFerree (Post 1399120)
I recently hit my 18th birthday and have learned that I need to sign into the draft. Is it still the law of the land to sign (I have no opposition to singing it) and how will I get the papers? I know you can do so online but will I get it in the mail? Is been a while sense the 27th (the b-day) and I'm starting to get concerned.

Yes, you must sign up. Go to the nearest post office. They should be able to help you. Don't wait for the website.

MoreAltitude 10-12-2013 01:03 PM

OP, sign up my friend, at least you'll get a free razor in the mail ;-) Gillette still does that don't they????

DrumJunkie 10-12-2013 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by MisterMcCool (Post 1399209)
I signed up at the post office.

That's where I did it. The Pony Express guys took it straight off too!

MisterMcCool 10-12-2013 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by MoreAltitude
OP, sign up my friend, at least you'll get a free razor in the mail ;-) Gillette still does that don't they????

I did get a free razor. :)

Argyle_Armoring 10-12-2013 01:20 PM

On my 19th birthday I got a letter from the government telling me that if I didn't sign up for Selective Service they would send me to prison. I didn't register when I was 18 because they wouldn't take me when I tried to go in after high school. I figured, if they won't take now, they certainly won't take me later. I eventually went to the Post Office and filled out the card.

Axxe55 10-12-2013 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by MoreAltitude (Post 1399233)
OP, sign up my friend, at least you'll get a free razor in the mail ;-) Gillette still does that don't they????

if so then they still owe me a razor!:eek:

you can sign up at any post office. just go to the window and ask for a form to sign up for the selective service. it takes about five minutes to fill it out and hand back to the person at the window.

it's the law, plus if you don't, you're not eligible for any type of federal grants you might apply for.

fa35jsf 10-12-2013 05:50 PM

I signed up when I turned 18 and got a new license at the DPS. At least that is where I thin I signed up. Doesn't matter now since they already got me by contract.

So that is where that razor and shaving gel came from when I turned 18. I always wondered how Gillette knew I just turned 18. Just kind if figured it was the NSA. ;)

Sorry Axxe, they probably weren't doing that promotion back when you signed up.


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