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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Exemption from Military Duty

Volume 1 . Chapter 3 . § 3-05
Key point 3-05. "Regular or duly ordained ministers of religion" are exempt from military training and service if they apply for exemption. This exemption does not apply to registration requirements, and does not apply to ministerial students.

This section will review the registration requirement of the Selective Service Act, and discuss the exemption of clergy and the deferral of ministerial students from military training and service. The subjects of military chaplains and conscientious objectors also are reviewed.

1. Registration

The Selective Service Act specifies that
It shall be the duty of every male citizen of the United States … who, on the day or days fixed for the first or any subsequent registration, is between the ages of 18 ...

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