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DON’T PUT OFF DRAFT REGISTRATION

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Young men who will turn 26 in 1990 will be reaching an important milestone, according to the Selective Service System.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 1990, men who were born in 1964 will turn 26 and will no longer be eligible for induction should a draft be reinstituted. Selective Service does not have the authority to accept late registration after a man reaches his 26th birthday.Selective Service State Director Leland D. Ford warned that, with few exceptions, a man who fails to register before turning 26 will permanently forfeit his eligibility for certain benefits such as federal student aid, job training and most federal employment in addition to facing possible prosecution as a felon.

Ford points out that men age 18 through 25 who have not yet registered can avoid the risk of prosecution and loss of benefits by registering promptly at any local post office. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000, up to five years in prison, or both.

More than 14 million men, age 18 through 25, currently are registered with Selective Service. Of those, 100,635 are from Utah.