We just want to take a moment to calm some fears that have surfaced online regarding FAFSA and selective service registration. Since there have been concerns about escalation in the Middle East, some young Americans are growing concerned about what selective service means and what the answer to question 22 on FAFSA will have to do with your potential for getting drafted if such a thing ever occurs again. Here are a few things you should know to calm your fears.

  • Question 22 is only for men – It’s right there in the instruction, but in case you missed it in a panic, question 22 about registering for selective service is just for men. Women can skip to question 23.
  • You should already be registered if you are a man – Registering for selective service is not optional for men in America. If you are between 18 and 25 and you haven’t done so yet, register now. It is a felony not to.
  • The likelihood of a draft is slim – There hasn’t been a draft in the US since 1973. There are plenty of armed forces. The US also does everything it can to avoid land wars.

The short version is this – don’t let the crazy fears you see emerging online stop you from getting free money for college. FAFSA doesn’t change whether or not there is a draft or who is eligible. Question 22 just gives young men the chance to fulfill their legal obligation if they have not already done so.

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