Proposed Presidential Proclamation Entitled “Registration Under the Military Selective Service Act”
The following memorandum was prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel pursuant to its responsibility under Executive Order No. 11,030 for approving all executive orders and presidential proclamations for form and legality. On the constitutional issue raised by the proposed proclamation, it notes the conclusion reached in an earlier opinion of the Office that a male-only draft is constitutional. On the statutory question, it concludes that the President is authorized under the Selective Service Act to require the registration, by age group, of some but not all males between the ages of 18 and 26.