WASHINGTON — The Department of Education will give the Selective Service System computer tapes with the names of 5 million student aid applicants in a move aimed at uncovering young men who have failed to register as potential draftees, officials said today.
Education Secretary William J. Bennett and Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Turnage, director of Selective Service, announced the agreement at a news conference.
It is the latest step in government efforts to carry out a 1982 law called the Solomon Amendment, which bars student aid from males who fail to register with the Selective Service System.
The draft was abolished in 1973, but after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the Carter Administration and Congress in 1980 began requiring young men to register at age 18. While their names are kept in a central file, they cannot be conscripted unless Congress passes new legislation reinstating the draft.