HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifteen percent of Hawaii's young men aren't registered with the U.S. Selective Service System, which means they might not be eligible for major federal benefits.
Men ages 18 to 25 are required by law to register with Selective Service.
The Selective Service was set up for national security purposes in the event of a national emergency.
It's also required in order for young men to get access to all federal student loans and grants and job training programs and to be eligible for most federal jobs, including the U.S. Postal Service.
However, only 85 percent of Hawaii's young men have registered with the Selective Service. That's below the national average of 93 percent registration.
Selective Service Director Donald M. Benton is concerned about Hawaii's low registration rate.
"We want to reach out to young Hawaiians so that they are aware, register and protect their benefits," Benton said.
According to Benton, those who fail to register hinder potential opportunities because registration is linked with these federal and state benefits.
"The end result is that 45 seconds online at sss.gov can potentially save you 45 years of headaches due to lost opportunities," Benton said.
Interested? Register online, at a local U.S. Post Office, or with a high school counselor.
This story may be updated.