I originally wrote this post in November 2008 for my Instablogs webpage.

Question: Has anyone been prosecuted for NOT registering with the Selective Service?

The reason why I ask is lately I have been hearing alot of radio advertisements about how if you are a male who is 18 years of age you MUST register with the Selective Service.

Which is fine and dandy.

(I mean, i’m not military hatin’!)

And all of the radio ads that I have heard have all been light and make it seem like registering with the Selective Service is easy and fun, however…

At the end of these ads they really seem to emphasize that “It’s The Law!” And if you don’t register there will be some dire consequences for not doing this.

It almost seems like a veiled threat. It seems like forced military induction! Like the draft is back! And I thought that the draft was over!

But of course in the military’s defense, I know that in times of war desperate circumstances call for desperate measures.

Anyhoo, the text below is taken from the Selective Service System government website about registration requirements. The website states that almost all male U.S. citizens and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

They further state that 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.

Question: Do you think that the Selective Service’s policy feels like a forced induction into the military (i.e. the draft is back) or is it “just the law” and the Selective Service is only doing it’s job?

Please let me know.

P.S. I know that it is a bit sexist but thank god i’m a woman and not required to register with the Selective Service.

Sorry, guys!

Another P.S. The Selective Service Lottery is one lottery that I wouldn’t want to win.

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