The draft, or conscription, is a topic that has been debated for decades. While it is an issue that has not been relevant in the US since the end of the Vietnam War, many people still ask whether college students can be drafted into military service if a draft were to occur.

Firstly, it is important to understand how the Selective Service System (SSS) works in the United States. The SSS is an independent government agency responsible for maintaining information about potential draftees and conducting a draft if needed. All men aged 18-25 are required by law to register with the SSS within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

This registration does not mean that they will be drafted immediately but rather provides information like name, address, and contact details in case there ever was a need for a draft. Failure to register can lead to financial penalties and loss of certain benefits such as federal student aid and job training programs.

Having registered with SSS as per law requirement after its establishment during peacetime in September 1980 when President Jimmy Carter signed Proclamation Registration Requirements for Males into Law no person between eighteen years old and twenty-six years old would escape registering at some point between those ages because there wasn’t any conflict nor threat of mobilization towards them which means essentially everyone eligible needs registering regardless until unless selected from others so this fact shouldn’t bring conundrums among students enrolled while practical cases haven’t yet emerged out but future-wise we just cannot avoid differences more subjectively.

In terms of college students being drafted specifically – yes, they can still be drafted even if they are currently enrolled in higher education institutions or have already completed their degree. In fact, according to current guidelines provided by SSS on their website FAQs section “College Students”, “a deferment (postponement) of induction may be granted” but only under specific circumstances upon requests made separately or through Enlistment Reporting Systems(ERS) activated by the same authority for college students to provide active service.

For instance, if a student is nearing the end of their academic program, they may be eligible for a deferment until they complete their requirements. However, if the draft were to occur during the first year of college or while pursuing basic studies such as associate programs leading towards general education degrees finished within one-two years then claiming exemption from draft could be considered upon appeal basis though generally not granted due to eligibility constraints and other arguments forwarded against it. again based on prevalent policies like those mentioned in 1989-90’s documentary series “Brother War Companion”; students who are no longer full-time and have fewer than twelve credit hours per semester would still be subject to induction etc.

Another exception can also happen depending on various factors like physical testing criteria or grounds unrelated directly but requiring personal evaluation corresponding to needs of military requisition having multiple stages that range between detailing up clients medical records/opinions about his/her fitness through authorized Military Entrance Processing Stations(MEPS), US trained doctors commissioned officers corps under provisions made mandatory during World War I 1917 which now operates since Nov 1966 governmentwide with uniform standards/forms filled regularly out by Medicaid/Medicare/Tricare enrolled members beside non-drug related screening process or character judgment tests taken later before official joining taking place provided “if deemed fit after review” meaning there’re chances some dodging colleges’ confidential biostratum failing accordingly especially when planning illegal acts after admission beyond being proved scholastically ineligible for scholarship/funding prospects canceled midway.

A common misconception stemming from popular depictions in media suggests that higher education provides an automatic exemption from military service. While this was once true during certain periods such as between 1948 and 1973 – where undergraduate study upholding GPA norms guaranteed postponement followed by deferred enlistments extending upto Masters-degree level achievements allowing next class cycle-based scheduling depending on aptitude test scores, unemployment stats, etc. with officials not specifying whether deferment should be awarded to anyone studying a particular type of major but generally showing favoritism towards those enrolled in the teaching profession or high merits blue collar fields across boards; nowadays students are no longer automatically exempt.

In conclusion, being a college student does not provide automatic exemption from military service during wartime or times of national emergency when mobilization is required by law. However, as discussed above several considerations permit requesting specific postponements through SSS if possible under some student-specific clauses while eligibility criteria probably would facing challenges that only arise out of potential conflict status declaration/signing up requisition forms which hasn’t happened yet recently though many factors may influence this decision like loyalty/ Patriots stand toward homeland thereof personal ethics playing dynamic roles among others besides external affairs leading proactive involvements at global scale limited to an executive branch and congress control alongside decisions made internally within US government organizations better known for evaluating measurements against all available options before engaging troops in any station-of-arms scenarios whatsoever with appropriate replacements based on ASVAB scores if ever they must ditch higher studies midway because their conscripted duty starts without further ado!