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

Exemption from Military Duty

§ 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.

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 and 26, to present himself for and submit to registration at such time or times and place or places, and in such manner, as shall be determined by proclamation of the President".[29] 50 U.S.C. App. § 453(a).

Several Presidential proclamations have been issued over the years, specifying the times and places for military registration. The current proclamation specifies that "persons born on or after January 1, ...

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