The United States Selective Service System is responsible for maintaining the registry of all military-aged males who could be called upon for conscription into the armed forces.
Generations of American men have done their duty by registering when they turned the legal age of eighteen years of age but new questions about who qualifies have arisen.
Late last week, the Selective Service System (SSS) reminded the American public that they must sign up their son, even if he is the last male heir in their family.
“Parents, if your son is an only son and the last male in your family to carry the family name, he is still required to register with SSS,” the SSS wrote on Twitter.
The post was met with shock by many Americans but a simple search of their SSS’s website’s FAQ can answer many of their questions.
“The “only son”, “the last son to carry the family name,” and ” sole surviving son” must register with Selective Service,” the website reads.
“These sons can be drafted. However, they may be entitled to peacetime deferment if there is a military death in the immediate family.”
“This is disgusting,” another user wrote. “Why would you feel the need to publicly say this?”
Another user suggested they posted the reminder because they are planning on beginning conscription but there are no public reports to validate this claim.
The SSS has posted numerous general reminders for those 18 years of age to register, but most of them have had very little engagement on Twitter.
But there are other less-known facts about who must register for selective service that might have been more shocking for Twitter users.
For example, one Twitter user asked, “My son’s a girl now so we good?”
According to SSS FAQ, “Selective Service bases the registration requirement on gender assigned at birth and not on gender identity or on gender reassignment. Individuals who are born male and changed their gender to female are still required to register.”
Those born as females who transitioned to males are not required to register.
Another asked “since the media likes to tout that illegal immigrants pay taxes and have driver’s licenses, I’m assuming they also qualify for the draft also? Or are they exempt?”
According to the SSS, all undocumented immigrants are supposed to register whether they have a green card or not.
“All undocumented males 18 through 25 years of age, other than those admitted on non-immigrant visas, must register, whether or not they have a green card,” the site states.
How and/or whether this is enforced is another question but without many answers.
The SSS does remind those who do not register, they face imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000.
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