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Last Modified:Thursday, August 07, 2014

Who is exempt from Selective Service


Selective Service is required of all men in the United States. The following groups of people are exempt from the requirement to register for Selective Service.

* Women

* Lawfully admitted non-immigrant aliens (such as those men on visitor or student visas and members of diplomatic or trade missions and their families) because they are residing in this country temporarily.
 
* Men who are unable to register due to circumstances beyond their control, such as being hospitalized, institutionalized, or incarcerated. However, they must register within 30 days after their release.

* Members of the Armed Forces on full-time active duty. This exemption also applies to cadets and midshipmen at the United States service academies. However, upon release from active duty, a man must register within 30 days if he is not yet 26 years of age and has not already registered. 

Men cannot register after reaching age 26.

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