The Major League Rules govern which players are eligible for selection in the Draft. Within the 18 to 25 year old age group, the Selective Service maintains a certain order in which eligible draftees will be called. However, there are ways to enter the military when you're 35 or older. If you are 31 or older, no SIL is required. The supplemental draft is for those whose eligibility has changed since the draft. Learn More. The maximum age is 35. If you are under 26, you are required to register within 30 days of the entering the U.S., or before you turn 26. In a draft, men 20 years of age will be drafted first, followed by the ages 21 to 25 and then 18 to 19. My dad was drafted in 1942 at 31 years old. Apply for the supplemental draft in July, if you do not earn a spot. Normally, military recruiters prepare and forward age waiver requests, with a yes-or-no recommendation for prospective recruits exceeding enlistment or commissioning age limits. Although the draft of many on men and women and is highly improbable, there are still many of those who worry that they will be drafted into the military. At age 18-1/2 to 26 (or 35 if once deferred) you can… — Enlist in the Reserve for 6 years, serving the first six months on active-duty training and being deferred from the draft as long as you participate satisfactorily in the Ready Reserve up to a total of 5-1/2 years. At that time the age priority may be juggled so as to focus draft calls among the 19-year-old group. I guess it depends on how the need is. 5. There is no draft now. Any shift to 19-year-olds as the “prime group” will lessen draft pressures on men who pass through age 19 without being drafted, even though students would be dropped back to the prime group regard-less of actual age, when their deferments end. During the draft, you can also network with personnel and negotiate for a spot on a team's training roster. The President has the authority to conduct several different "drafts". Speak to a recruiter of the branch you're interested in for the most up-to-date guidelines and hidden loopholes, as rules change all the time. This is based on age and, more specifically, birth date. The federal law that can be manipulated in a case by case basis states that the minimum age for enlistment in the United States military is 17 (with parental consent) and 18 (without parental consent). Letter for Men 31 or Older These answers are technically true, however they don't account for all drafts, only the big ones. Selective Service exempts you from a draft if you are 26 years old. You only need a Status Information Letter (SIL) if you did not register and are between the age of 26 and 31. Every year there are many people who worry that they will be drafted into the U.S. Military. Can I get drafted? 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