COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 85

June 14, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Registration of 18-Year-Old Males with Selective Service

 

Federal law requires males to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their eighteenth birthday. Failure to do so may deprive individuals of their rights to state and federal student assistance, state and federal employment, and other benefits. Although Selective Service registration has increased substantially during the past few years, Virginias registration compliance rate is 88 percent.

 

All young men in public schools should be informed of the requirement that they must register with Selective Service when they become 18 years of age. I strongly encourage all high school principals to assign a registrar to provide information and assistance regarding the registration process. Only 88 percent of Virginia public high schools have assigned registrars to provide this assistance.

 

According to Virginia State Director of Selective Service, Brigadier General (Retired) Manuel R. Flores, the most popular registration method is found on the Internet at http://www.sss.gov/.

 

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