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What is the military draft cut-off age?

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Men between the ages of 18 and 25 (inclusive) are required to register for the military draft. Although 26 years is the traditional cutoff age, there are contingency plans where men and women with specific skills and experience could be drafted up to 54 years of age.

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What is the military draft cut-off age?
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The U.S military uses a lottery system to select workers, and those between the ages of 18 and 25 (inclusive) are drafted first. If a draft was authorized by Congress and the President, a lottery based on birthdays would occur and those who turn 20 during that year, would be the first inducted. If more men were required, the lottery would start with those aged 21 and continue in order with those aged 22, 23, 24, 25, 19, and 18 years old. At this time, women are not included in the draft.

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