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Understanding the U.S. Selective Service System: What You Need to Know

If you’re a male between the ages of 18 and 25 living in the United States, you’ve probably heard of the Selective Service System. This topic often comes up, especially for those applying for naturalization. But what exactly is it, and who needs to register? Let’s break it down.

What is the Selective Service System?

The Selective Service System is a government program that registers eligible men who could potentially be called to serve in the military during a national emergency or war. However, it’s crucial to understand that registering does not mean you are enlisting in the armed forces. The system is not part of the Department of Defense.

Who Needs to Register?

By law, all male immigrants living in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 25 must register. This includes:

  • Naturalized citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Asylum seekers
  • Individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • DACA recipients
  • Undocumented individuals

What About Legal Status?

The Selective Service System does not inquire about your legal or immigration status when you register. They are not authorized to do so.

How to Register?

For more information and to register, visit the official website:


Understanding the Selective Service System is crucial, especially for immigrants in the U.S. Stay informed and share this vital information with your network.

If you or someone close to you needs more information about the Selective Service System you can contact Abogados Centro Legal at 205 940 2233 or schedule your free consultation.

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