If a straw poll of high school and college-age young men in New Mexico were conducted, how many would know that they’re required by law – on penalty of a quarter-million bucks in fines and five years’ imprisonment – to register for Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 26?
Our guess: Many wouldn’t.
A Dec. 1 story by Journal reporter Scott Turner noted that only about 55% of 18-year-olds in New Mexico are registering for Selective Service. The takeaways from that dismal showing/clear flouting of federal law?
• In a state with as strong a military presence as ours, that apathy, lack of patriotism or simply not knowing is just sad.