No, not Ze Germans. I mean Selective Service. I’ve been inundated with radio commercials lately talking about required registration for SS, SSS as they’re calling it now. I find it rather telling that they use the stick rather than the carrot. “Don’t break the law.” “You won’t qualify for college grants or scholarships.” “You’ll never be allowed into government service.” “You’re required to register.” I think their marketing department could use a bit of Donald Trump. “Make America great again!”
When I turned 18, I went down to the post office and registered. Just a little 5×8 card, I think it was. 1 minute later and I was done. I don’t remember exactly how I knew I needed to register, it may have been a conversation my American History or Government teachers, or perhaps my dad. Only later did I find out that student loans/grants were tied into the system- I just knew it as The Draft. I didn’t like that requirement back then, I like it even less now. As volunteer professional armies go, the US fields a pretty decent one. As warmongering congressmen go, we’ve field some excellent ones for a few generations. I don’t like the intersection.