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Register with the Selective Service

To the editor:

Some young men in our community are missing out on important opportunities by accidentally breaking the law. As a Selective Service citizen board member, I feel a responsibility to say something.

The law says all young men must register with Selective Service when they turn 18. But across the country one out of 10 young men don’t register. Research shows that the majority of the time, they simply don’t know they have to.

If a young man doesn’t register, he loses his eligibility for good jobs, job training programs, college loans, and in some states even his driver’s license. If he’s an immigrant, failure to register can slow down and complicate the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. In short, he loses out on his future.

Don’t let this happen to the young men in your community.

There isn’t a draft now, and it’s unlikely there will be one in the foreseeable future. If there is, citizen board members like me across the country stand ready to make sure the men who would be chosen to serve are selected in a fair and equitable manner. In the meantime, young men in our community are missing out on very real opportunities.

Please explain to the young men in your life why it’s important to register with Selective Service. You could save a future.

Dan Means,

Salem

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