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Basics of Registration Are Not Being Followed.
Registration provides a unique opportunity to go on record with
Selective Service that one is a religious Conscientious Objector.
Many are not following the correct procedure to accomplish this.
First the law.
All male citizens 18
years old must register 30 days before or within 30 days after
their 18th birthday. A few have neglected to register. Don't
worry. All who failed to register at age 18 must register before
age 26. There will be no penalty.
All who are not citizens of the United States please note!
Non-citizen males, 18 years old and older, who do not have a
student's or visitor's visa and are not part of a diplomatic or
trade mission, who take up residency in the United States, must
register up to and through the age of 25. If your student's or
visitor's visa terminates and you are over 18 but under 26, you
must register. If you entered the U.S. when you were older than 18
but under 26 and do not have a student's or visitor's visa, you
must register. This includes illegal aliens.
How a Conscientious Objector Should Register.
We urge that all
follow the steps outlined to go on record with Selective Service
that you are a religious Conscientious Objector long before a
draft begins. 1.Do not register by phone or Internet. 2.Go to a
post office that has a copy machine. 3.Ask the clerk for a
Selective Service Registration Form. 4.Fill out the form. 5.Print
in the margins or between the printed lines, "I am a
religious Conscientious Objector to participation in war.."
6.Sign the Form. (This statement means nothing by itself since
Selective Service puts the information they want from this form
into their computer database and destroys this registration form.)
7.Make a copy of it and mail the form to Selective Service. 8.Save
Your copy is of little value
unless you follow our next
Selective Service will then send you Information Form 3 or 3A or
3B. Disregard their purpose of the form.
2. Write on Form 3 that you requested
that Selective Service give you a Conscientious Objector's
classification. 3.Sign it and write the date on the form. 4.Make a
copy and Save the copy. 5.Place the original form in an envelope
and mail it back to Selective Service, registered mail, receipt
Congratulations. With the date on your copy of Form 3 and
the date on your returned receipt you will have documented
evidence you were on record with Selective Service that you were a
Conscientious Objector long before a draft. 6.Save both
(your copy of form 3 and the returned receipt).
Start a personal Selective Service file and insert these
documents. Keep them as permanent records to be used later when a
draft begins. Our next communiqué will deal with what happens
when a draft begins.
"Deal courageously and the
Lord will be with the good."
2 Chronicles 19:11