Young men, keep this in mind when applying for college or looking for a job

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selective_serviceBy NewsTaco

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Latinos is 17.1 percent. That translates to 1.5 million Latinos who are looking for work.

Keep that number in mind while we look at something else. Latin Post magazine tells us that the five highest-paying and most in-demand jobs for Latinos are: Advertising and marketing; Software engineer; Nursing; Construction supervisor and manager; and pharmaceuticals. Salaries range from $75 thousand per year for nurses to $111 thousand for pharmacists.

The obvious bridge between both numbers I mentioned is education. There are many career opportunities in today’s economy and Latinos are in high demand for those, but in order to get those jobs, especially for the hundreds of thousands of young Latinos who just graduated from high school, the path runs through a college education.

[pullquote]It’s the law: all men 18 years of age and living in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service.[/pullquote]

That’s where there are many things to consider – preparations and options that begin way before senior year: GPA’s; admissions applications; school choice; admission essays; financial aid . . . the list goes on.

It’s not an option

But one of the things that is more than just and option and is seldom mentioned to young Latinos, men specifically, who are pondering their next life chapter is registering with the U.S. Selective Service.

It’s important because it’s the law: all men 18 years of age and living in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service.

There are some important facts you should know about Selective Service registration. First, all men living in the U.S. are required to register upon their 18th birthday. Second, they have until their 26th birthday to do so. Third, the requirement goes for all men in the U.S regardless of resident or citizenship status. Fourth, the Selective Service will not share your information with any other federal agency, period.

Facts to consider

But there are other facts that young men should consider, especially those with the goal of going to college and with the dream to get one of those high-paying, in-demand jobs. These facts, though, are about the consequences of not registering with the Selective Service:

It could affect your college financial aid. It could affect your prospects for a federal government job. And it could affect your immigration process. Not registering will either make you ineligible for these, or delay the process.

Don’t delay your dreams

These are dream-delaying consequences that should be seriously considered by all 18 to 26 year-old men in the U.S., by their parents, their friends and family. If you’re a man living in the U.S., are between 18 and 26 years-of-age and haven’t registered with the Selective Service, go to SSS.gov, click on the link that says register, and fill out the digital form. If you’re a parent of such a man, friend or family of one, tell them the law requires that they register, and give them this link. Because it is, in the end, about their dreams.

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