Submitted by LTJG Jason, Selective Service System
The Selective Service System is looking for men and women in the community who would be willing to serve as local board members. Even though there is no draft today, there is a need to be ready in case a national emergency requires Selective Service to provide additional personnel to augment our volunteer U.S. Armed Forces.
Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the Director of the Selective Service System, on behalf of the U.S. President, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official.
Local board members play an important role closely connected with our nation’s defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout the country would decide who among the young men in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service, based on federal guidelines.
There are currently 10,000 local board members. They go through an initial training session followed by annual training in Selective Service System regulations and procedures, so that if a draft is reinstated, they will be able to fulfill their obligations fairly and equitably.
Training includes sample cases and role playing similar to cases they would determine, if a draft were to take place.
Board members must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, and residents of the area served by the board. They may not be regular, National Guard, reserve members of the Armed Forces, or retired military.
If you are interested or have further questions, please contact Lieutenant Junior Grade, Jason Morgan of the Selective Service System, Los Angeles, California 3-3 Detachment, at (760) 622-5429, or via email at . For more information, please visit the agency website at .
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