THE DIRECTOR OF SELECTIVE SERVICE
Arlington, Virginia 22209-2425
September 1, 2020
Dear Chamber President:
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to request your assistance in communicating a critically important message to your members - that all men must register with the U.S. Selective Service to comply with the law and to secure a better future. Unfortunately, your state is among those with the largest number of men failing to register. With your help, we can reverse this trend.
It is especially important to get the word out about registration during these challenging times. Many businesses across the nation are suffering, as are workers. Young people face uncertainties regarding the opening of schools and colleges, availability of first-time jobs, vocations and professions. Working together, we hope to assist those who recently entered or will soon become a member of our nation's workforce as well as those who will soon enter college.
As you may know, it is a federal law for virtually all males living in the U.S. - citizens and immigrants (documented and undocumented) - who are 18 through 25 years old to register with the Selective Service. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and individuals can lose the benefits and jobs associated with registration. By not registering, men lose access to job training and certification programs, student financial aid, Pell grants, federal job training and federal jobs - including employment with the
U.S. Postal Service - and delayed citizenship for immigrants. Accordingly, our Agency works with many national organizations, high schools, community outreach groups and others to get the word out about the importance of registration.
Still, far too many young men fail to register because they are unaware of the requirement or procrastinate or forget. Why is this so important? It can result in a less educated and trained workforce. It hurts not only young men, but also affects their communities. Not registering results in a significant loss of federal dollars that would have otherwise gone to communities and states for federal benefits associated with the registration requirement.
Your Chamber's members are key influencers in your community and can help disseminate the registration message. Here is how we can work together:
- Use the information in the outreach section on SSS.gov (click HERE) to distribute the message within your community.
In closing, it may surprise you to know that while most men register, we continue to receive tens of thousands of requests annually from individuals who are trying to claim the benefits they have lost because they did not register and are now too old to register. Please help us make sure that every young man in your community knows about registration and the lifetime of losses associated with failing to do so.
- Share this information with all your members - as community leaders and influencers, they play a vital role in communicating about registration.
- Work with our Public and Intergovernmental Affairs staff to develop a local press release for your Chamber to share with media outlets in your community to increase awareness of the registration requirement and its importance for a young man's future.
- Remind your audiences about the importance of Registration.
If you would like to discuss this further, or if you would like any additional information, please reach out to us at. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your assistance regarding this matter,
Donald M. Benton
Director of Selective service