Ask All Veteran Organizations Aid In Registration

The Selective Service Law provides that on Wednesday October 16, every male resident of the United States who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years and has not reached thirty-six years of age shall register for possible military duty.

This will affect between 375,000 and 400,000 young men in Iowa.

No one will be exempt except members of the regular armed forces of the United States and the Federally recognized active National Guard, and officers and enlisted men of the army, navy, and marine corps reserves.

Any one who is uncertain about his status should register, knowing it will be settled by his local registration board afterward.

Penalty for failure of one eligible to register may be severe for the law provides imprisonment of not more than five years or a fine of not more than $10,000 or both. Moreover, any one who aids or abets another to evade registration or service or any of the requirements of the law may be subject to the same punishment.

Registration will be done at the regular voting places in the precincts in which registrants reside. The county auditor will be in charge of all places in his county and a chief registrar at each place.

Since registration will be such a big job the state Selective Service headquarters asks all members of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and all other patriotic organizations and all members of religious and civic groups to offer their service to county auditors to help on October 16.

An Iowan who should register and is out of the state on that day should go to a registration place where he is and register, and his card will be sent from there to his own local board.

For college students, arrangements are being made with all of the colleges in the state to assist them in registering.

A person who is ill at home or in a hospital should get word to his county auditor who will give him full information as to how he may be registered.

When a man registers he will be given a registration certificate which he should guard carefully and keep with him at all times. If he should lose it or it should be stolen, he should get at once to his local board which will give him another certificate.

A board to classify registrants will be set up in each county, and in counties with more than 30,000 population there will be more than one board. Board members will serve without pay.

State Selective Service headquarters is at East First and Des Moines Streets, Des Moines, Iowa.

Any inquiry by mail, telegraph, telephone, or in person there will be welcomed.

The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 October 1940, pg 12

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