EXOP - Office of the Vice President

Veterans Registering for Selective Service

The law says that any male born after 1959 must register for Selective Service upon his eighteenth birthday. Any male that doesn't register for Selective Service is in violation of the law and is not eligible for any government benefit. But what if a male enlists in the armed forces rather than registers? Furthermore, the male reeinlists and is everntually honorably discharged. According to OPM, the veteran's military service doesn't exempt his not having a Selective Service number. If the said veteran is seeking government employment, he is denied and is told that he broke the law. OPM instructs the veteran to submit a Selective Service waiver, his DD Form 214, and a letter explaining how he did not willfully avoid military service. The DD Form 214 proves that the veteran did not willfully avoid military service. The veteran is made to endure a lengthy adjudication process to prove beyond a preponderance of evidence that he did not willfully avoid military service. This seems absurd and is inherently illogical. The veteran's DD Form 214 clearly delineates his grade, time in grade, and length of military service. The document has as much influence as a birth certificate. OPM doesn't view it this way. Manpower is wasted as well as needless paperwork. The veteran's evidence is reviewed by a level I reviewer, a level II reviewer and is then sent to OPM for adjudication. The entire process may take three months. My recommendation is to allow the veteran to use his DD Form 214 as enough evidence to substantiate that he did not willfully avoid military service if he did not register for Selective Service upon his eighteenth birthday.

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