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Deadline Extended To End of February For Draft Sign-Up

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The Selective Service System officially announced last week the beginning of a grace period for young men who have failed to register for the draft.

According to Joan Lamb, a Selective Service spokesman, young men born in 1960 through 1963 who have not signed up can do so at any local post office without fear of prosecution until Feb. 28. Afterwards, she said, the draft agency and the Justice Department will begin seeking out the remaining nonregistrants for possible prosecution in federal courts.

Conviction on charges of failure to comply with the registration program, which was reinstated by former President Carter during the summer of 1980, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

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