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Are women required to sign up for selective service? What's the penalty for not registering?

Presently, men must register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Those who don't register could be prosecuted and fined up to $250,000 and/or be put in jail for up to five years. Registration is also a requirement to qualify for federal student aid and most federal employment.

Women are not required to register with the Selective Service. This law has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department of Defense has said that drafts have been used to maintain an adequate supply of Army ground-combat troops. Because women are excluded from front-line combat positions, excluding them from the draft process is allowed.


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