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Selective Service System

Cause Area

  • Board Development
  • Community
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Veterans & Military Families


2837 Green Bay RoadSte 276North Chicago, IL 60064 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

An important component of the Selective Service System is its citizen volunteers who make up the local boards, district and national appeal boards, and the State Resource volunteers who help spread awareness about a man’s requirement to register. Volunteer board members are all chosen using a set of guidelines, ensuring that the most competent individuals for the job are appointed, while all are welcome to become State Resource volunteers.


The Selective Service System is an independent agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. The Director of Selective Service is appointed by the President of the United States. Selective Service is not part of the Department of Defense.

Our Vision: We are a trusted, actively engaged National Defense partner, and the sole source of conscripted talent for national security in the event of a national emergency. Our Mission: To register men and maintain a system that, when authorized by the President and Congress, rapidly provides personnel in a fair and equitable manner while managing an alternative service program for conscientious objectors.


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