USMMA & U.S. Selective Service System

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by 2013Parent, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. 2013Parent

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    Hi everyone,

    Another surprise came in the mail yesterday. Our DS received a nasty letter from the U.S. Selective Service System. He turned 18 in September (after reporting to KP in the summer at 17.)

    Bottom line; we received bad advice from mulitple people including parents and alum regarding this issue. Hopefully, everyone else is on track, but just in case, wanted to post here.

    Given the fact that the USMMA is significantly different than the other Service Academies, our sons must register with the Selective Service. So much so, that KP is spelled out clearly in the exemption section as not eligible.

    Here is the blurb, listing acceptable exceptons, from the form under item 2 in the Exemption Section:

    ".....Attending a Service Academy (other than Merchant Marine Academy);or enrolled in an Officer Program at the Citadel, North Georgia College, Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute, Texas A&M, or Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. ..........."

    I have mailed our DS the letter and form so that he can register ASAP.
     
  2. Luigi59

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    No form is necessary, he can register on-line at http://www.sss.gov/

    Q - What if it's been more than 30 days after I've turned 18 and I still haven't registered?

    A - You should register on-line immediately. If you are unable to register on-line, you must obtain a Selective Service registration form from any U.S. post office. Selective Service will accept a late registration.
     
  3. 2KPsons

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    I seem to recall that the Logging In materials expressly reminded them that they need to be registered with selective service. For you future Plebes - read everything that the school sends you - there is very important information in all that material - most of your questions will be answered and you will avoid headaches down the road.
     
  4. KP13Mom

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    Last Feb. our DS registered online shortly after turning 18 while he was still in HS. Luckily we printed off the page with all of the necessary numbers showing the date and time that he registered. In July, after he left for indoc, we received a letter saying that he was not registered and would be fined. Called in with the saved information, stating he was a Plebe candidate and was told he was registered and to disregard the letter. In October, we again received a letter saying he was not registered. Called again with the same info. Again, they stated he was registered and disregard the letter. Have been letter free for 4 months now.

    Moral of the story is to make copies of everything and have an organized file system of all paperwork.:thumb:
     
  5. 2013Parent

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    Yep, well, the old parents just "spoke" with the DS via IM. He told us he did indeed register, but would go to the website and reconfirm. Don't know if anything was saved to prove that. Hopefully, it will get straight now.

    I just remembered speaking with several folks and the info we had was different then the DS had.

    Was a great message exchange, and it made our day. First, he knew more than we did about HIS responsibility and even sweeter, he cancelled plans to go off the grounds this weekend, and stayed back to study. He is having the near death experience with physics, that another had posted their DS had last Tri. He said he had a pretty hectic week next week and really wanted to do all he could to be prepared.
     
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