Let's say your a male and you've made a horrible mistake: you didn't sign up for Selective Service while you still had time. Is there any way to fix this?
You graduated high school and left home before the age of eighteen. Neither your high school nor your parents suggested you sign up, as your relationship with both high school and your parents was somewhat tumultuous. You didn't even realize -- literally had no clue -- it was important until returning to undergrad at age thirty to finish your bachelor's degree. You never needed Selective Service information for employment or school before. If you could go back in time and register, you would, a million times over.
Here are some of the consequences
for not signing up, including ineligibility for college Financial Aid, all federal jobs, many state jobs, and more.
Clearly, not signing up was a terrible mistake. However, it seems that if you can "show by a preponderance of evidence" that failure to register was not knowing and willful, you may be able to have benefits re-instated.
Do any MeFites have experience with either (a) completing an education and looking for jobs while being a non-registered male or (b) being on the other side of the table and re-instating benefits for non-registered males? It seems like being a non-registered male shuts all sorts of doors -- how did you cope? Is it best to contact the SSS directly, or go through the financial aid office at school? For financial aid officers that may have let non-registered males through, what makes a good case? Would joining the army waive these penalties, and allow things like financial aid and government jobs again?
To be clear, I'm not looking to skirt the system, just trying to get a sense of what my options are, and if I have any hope of convincing someone to let me apply for financial aid or government jobs.
In other words, is there any way this can be fixed, or do I pay for the rest of my life?
Throwaway email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance.