Here’s Why You Won’t Get Drafted If You Sign Up For FAFSA
If you're a college-bound student and you want some financial help, chances are you've heard of FAFSA. It's the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but this tuition aid was trending earlier this week for an entirely different reason than tuition.
For some reason, social media exploded with the false information that if you signed up for FAFSA, you would be put at the top of the list for the military draft. Of course, with the unrest between Iran and the United States the possibility of a war with Iran has made college look particularly enticing. That's why the notion that by trying to get federal aid for tuition putting you at the top of the list for the draft had a lot of people freaking out.
Here's a few things you need to know about FAFSA and the draft:
1. THERE IS NO DRAFT: The United States has an all volunteer army. The last time we instituted a draft was during the Vietnam war. There is no indication that there will be another draft.
2. Men have to register for Selective Services: On the FAFSA paperwork, there is a section where men ages 18 - 25 can register for Selective Services. By law, men in that age group have to register. That is not the draft. There is no draft in place.
3. How a draft would be put into place: If there was the possibility of a draft, it would be huge news. There is no secretive way for a draft to happen. Congress and the president are required to sign legislation to authorize it, and that in and of itself would be huge news.